Remembrance Day service on Plymouth Hoe


The Lord Mayor, Councillor Pauline Murphy and her consort, Councillor Brian Vincent will be joined by the Deputy Lieutenant of Devon for this year’s Remembrance Service on Sunday 13 November.

The Deputy Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor’s Consort, Council Leader and Council Chief Executive will also attend the service, which will remember all those who lost their lives in both World Wars and in all conflicts.

A two-minute silence will take place at the Royal Naval Memorial on Plymouth Hoe at 11am.

The Deputy Lieutenant of Devon will lay a wreath, followed by the Lord Mayor (on behalf of the people of Plymouth), Flag Officer Sea Training and other representatives of the armed forces.

Colonel Olivier Coquet from the French Army’s 11th Marine Artillery Regiment will lay a wreath alongside Lieutenant Colonel Jon Cresswell from 29 Commando (the two regiments fought together on the Somme 100 years ago) and a wreath will also be laid by personnel from the visiting German ship FGS Brandenburg.

Wreaths will then be laid by children from the Military Kids Club Heroes (a support group of service family children from across the city) and High View Primary School, Lipson Co-operative Academy, Ford Primary School and Plymouth College.

The Bishop of Exeter, Rt Rev Robert Atwell will conduct the service, which will last for around 20 minutes.

Members of the public and local organisations will be invited to pay their respects and lay their personal wreaths at the end of the service, on the north side of the memorial, following the departure of the civic dignitaries.

The processional party will then take their places at the Civilian Memorial in Lockyer Street, where the Bishop of Exeter will say a prayer. Wreaths will be laid by the Lord Mayor, Flag Officer Sea Training (on behalf of the armed forces) and Gary Streeter MP (on behalf of all the local Members of Parliament), followed by representatives from various services and organisations.

Members of the public are reminded that parking around the Hoe is limited. Some spaces will be available on the Hoe Promenade for blue badge holders but this will be on a first come, first served basis.

The Lord Mayor said: “Remembrance Day is always a very important date in our civic calendar and this year is particularly poignant as it marks a number of significant anniversaries including the centenary of the Battle of Jutland and Battle of the Somme. It also marks the 75th anniversary of the Plymouth Blitz, which claimed the lives of 1,178 civilians and changed the city forever.”