Town gears up for ‘The Homecoming’

Remembrance Day parade and service at Fleetwood Cenotaph, Memorial Park, Fleetwood.
Remembrance Day parade and service at Fleetwood Cenotaph, Memorial Park, Fleetwood.

In the centenary year which marks the outbreak of the First World War, Fleetwood is leading the way with three events of Remembrance.

To commemorate the brave men and women who have lost their lives while serving their country, the town is gearing up for an unprecedented event on Armistice Day which will bring the whole community together to remember those who have died in action.

A special remembrance service will take place at the Marine Hall starting at 10.40am on November 11, with a two minute’s silence at 11am signalled by a maroon at the beginning and end.

The service will then be followed by The Homecoming, a community parade to commemorate the First World War Centenary and to celebrate the restoration of Fleetwood Memorial Park.

The parade will travel from the Marine Hall Gardens, through the town centre and end at the Memorial Park.

Coun Terry Rogers, Wyre’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “The Homecoming is a chance for local people to get involved in honouring a momentous event in our history and at the same time experience a bit of what life was like for those involved in the First World War.

“It is fitting for the parade to end at Memorial Park, which was created in commemoration of the First World War and has been a focal point for the community ever since.

“As we reflect on the past, we also have a reason to celebrate, as the park is being transformed for future generations to enjoy.”

People are asked to dress in the uniform and clothing of the time and to decorate shops and homes with murals, bunting and flags reflective of the many homecomings that occurred during the war.

This Saturday, November 8, the Marine Hall will host the Northern Festival of Remembrance.

Starting at 7.30pm the festival will feature a host of musical delights, including The Band of the King’s Division. There will also be a Parade of Standards and a Drum Head Service lead by the Mayor’s chaplain Tom Birch.

Then on Sunday, the Memorial Park will host the annual Remembrance Day service.

The parade begins at the Rowntree Clock in Albert Square at 10.10am where the Sea Cadet’s Old Boys Band will march along Lord Street. They will meet the main parade, assembling at 10.30am, at Warrenhurst Avenue.

Dignitaries, representatives from the Armed Forces and local organisations and school children will then march to the Cenotaph in the park for the Remembrance Service and the laying of poppy wreaths.

Afterwards there will be a parade from the park back to the Rowntree Clock for a symbolic salute.