Armistice & Remembrance
The city of Salisbury is set to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country at its Annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the War Memorial in Salisbury Market Place on Sunday 10 November from 11am.
The ceremony will be led by the Salisbury Branch of the Royal British Legion and supported by Salisbury City Council.
Everyone will gather at the War Memorial for a 2 minute silence at 11am followed by prayers.
Following this, the parade will march along New Canal, where Deputy Lieutenant Mr Peter Pleydell-Bouverie accompanied by the Mayor Cllr John Walsh, will take the salute. The parade will then process to St. Thomas’s Church for the Sunday Service at 11.40am. All are welcome to attend this service.
Blue Boar Row and other roads along the parade route will be shut to traffic between 10.15am and 11.45am and again at 12.15pm until 1pm approximately to ensure crowd safety and traffic diversions will be in place.
2019 marks the eightieth anniversary of the arrival of the first wave of World War 2 evacuees in Salisbury. They began to arrive here on 1st September 1939, two days before war was declared. As part of Salisbury’s celebration of Remembrance, Bemerton History Society will be hosting an exhibition in Salisbury Guildhall on Sunday 10th and 11th November. It will tell the story of the arrival of children and their teachers from Portsmouth and the welcome they received.
On Monday 11 November there will also be a small ceremony in the Guildhall Square at 11am to mark Armistice Day, which all are also welcome to attend.
In 2018, with the help of the Heritage Lottery fund, local artist Suzie Gutteridge worked with community groups to create 5000 felt poppies which were stitched onto 100 puttees. These were displayed at Salisbury Cathedral to act as a symbolic representation of fallen soldiers in the battlefield.
From Monday 28 October until Tuesday 12 November, the striking ‘field of puttees’ will be displayed inside Salisbury Guildhall. All are welcome to visit the installation and commemorate those who lost their lives in the field of battle.