Kettering remembers the Fallen

Published: Wednesday, 6th November 2019

In the lead up to Remembrance Day, the Royal British Legion have confirmed details of events for the people of Kettering to commemorate the 101st anniversary of the conclusion of the First World War.

Poppy Appeal Collections & Military Vehicle Trust: Saturday, 9th November
The Sea Cadets will be in Kettering Town Centre collecting for the Poppy Appeal, and the Military Vehicle Trust will be supporting this with WW2 Vehicles on Kettering Market Place near the High Street junction from approximately 10am until 2pm. 

Remembrance Day: Sunday, 10th November
The annual parade commences at 2pm on Kettering Market Place, with the inspection of the local Cadet Forces.

The route to the War Memorial will be different this year, starting on the Market Place and then through Market Street, Horsemarket, Dalkeith Place, Silver Street, Gold Street, the High Street and then returning to the Market Place where the salute will be taken by Deputy Lieutenant Dr M Gaskell.

Following the parade, the Royal British Legion will be holding an Outdoor Drumhead Service at the War Memorial on Sheep Street instead of holding a service in the Parish Church like previous years. This will include Last Post, Silence, Revile and Wreath Laying.

All are warmly welcomed to join the Royal British Legion in following the Parade around the town and attending the Outdoor Drumhead Service.

Armistice Day: Monday, 11th November
At 10:45am the Royal British Legion will be holding a short Act of Homage around the War Memorial on Sheep Street to remember the Fallen, with a silence at 11am. 

The Royal British Legion will be joined by local primary school children and the Mayor of Kettering, Cllr Keli Watts.

A member of the Royal British Legion in the Kettering Branch said: "Remembrance is a time to reflect on the past, on the sacrifices made for us and to hope and pray for peace. The Kohima Epitaph is most poignant, ‘When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today’.”

Cllr Keli Watts, The Mayor of the Borough of Kettering, said: “The Remembrance Day commemorations in Kettering provide an important opportunity for our community to pay its respects to those who gave their lives for others. It is a major part of our history and the events taking place will help future generations to learn about, and understand, the importance of the sacrifices that were made.”