Hundreds gathered in Bristol on Sunday morning to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday. Parts of the city centre came to a standstill this morning (November 13) as military personnel and civic dignitaries take part in Bristol’s annual Act of Remembrance.
This service has been held on the Sunday nearest November 11 since 1920 when the Bristol Cenotaph was first built. A total of 14 roads were closed today to allow the parade to safely march through the city centre – BristolLive broadcast the parade and some of the service on Facebook this morning.
Members of the public gathered behind barriers from College Green to the Cenotaph on Colston Avenue for the large military parade and civic procession, led by 7 Military Intelligence Battalion. The parade commenced shortly before 10.30am and service itself began at 11am with a two-minute silence, marked and concluded by the sounding of a gun on St Augustine’s Parade.
This was followed by the laying of wreaths, a short service and the National Anthem. Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees and Lord Mayor of Bristol Cllr Paula O’Rourke attended the parade and service. There were also members of the city’s clergy present including the Bishop of Bristol Vivienne Faull. The military parade and the civic procession will return to College Green at the end of the service.
Mr Reed shared the message that he laid at the Cenotaph on Twitter: “Today, on Remembrance Sunday, Bristol once again falls silent to remember all those who have served our United Kingdom, securing the freedoms we enjoy as a result of their ultimate sacrifice. As our city gathers at our Cenotaph, and the world’s eyes turn to His Majesty The King at his first National Service of Remembrance as a monarch, we again pay tribute to the immense bravery and duty of our Armed Forces at their loved ones.”
He also remembered those who had lost their lives in the Bristol Blitz, an incident which killed almost 1,300 during World War II.