Town prepares to honour fallen with two Remembrance events

TWO official Remembrance events are planned for this week, as Armistice Day (November 11) falls on Friday and Remembrance Sunday on November 13.

At the official Armistice Day town ceremony, Tunbridge Wells Mayor Cllr Godfrey Bland will join representatives of the Royal British Legion (RBL) at the War Memorial at 10:45am for a short ceremony and the traditional two minutes’ silence at 11am.

The mayor and members of the RBL will also lay wreaths at the Victoria Cross Grove in Dunorlan Park at 11:30, in a ceremony open to the public.

On Remembrance Sunday (November 13), roads around the War Memorial and Town Hall will be closed from around 10am until approximately midday.

Leading the service at 10:45am is Chaplain Gareth Jones of the 129 (Tunbridge Wells) Squadron Air Training Corps, Pastor of the Pantiles Baptist Church.

Wreaths will be laid by members of the civic party, representatives of service organisations, political parties, local groups and members of the public, followed by a march-past by service and other organisations.

The Civic Ceremony at the Tunbridge Wells Cemetery takes place at 12:30pm, with the Mayor laying wreaths at the four War Memorials in the Cemetery.

As the Times reported recently, the RBL has called for veterans to get in touch to participate in the Remembrance events. The local branch chairman can be contacted at

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