Security measures in place for Remembrance Day in Saffron Walden

PUBLISHED: 08:41 08 November 2018

Last year's Remembrance Parade in Market Square, Saffron Walden. Picture: DEAN TABOR

Last year's Remembrance Parade in Market Square, Saffron Walden. Picture: DEAN TABOR


On November 11, the names of those from Saffron Walden who died during the First World War will be read out at a special service at the town’s war memorial by children representing many local organisations.

They can also be heard in the Baptist Church for those wishing to be seated.

The Remembrance Day Parade will leave the town hall at 10.20am and proceed to the war memorial in High Street.

From 10.30am, the bells of St Mary’s Church will be run ‘half-muffled’ and the parade will form at the war memorial at 10.45am.

The service at the war memorial will take place at 10.55am followed by the Last Post and a two-minute silence. Wreaths will be laid.

A church service will then take place at St Mary’s Church at 11am and from 5.30pm-6.30pm, there will be a devotional offering of music and readings by St Mary’s Choir and Ensemble. Admission is free with all profits from the retiring collection being donated to Help for Heroes.

At 7pm, Mayor of Saffron Walden, Councillor Paul Fairhurst, along with other councillors, will attend a beacon lighting ceremony on Saffron Walden Common. The beacon will be situated between the car park and children’s play area for the event which will take place across the country.

Security measures will be in place Sunday and parking restrictions will be in force in many streets including Margaret Way, High Street, London Road, Church Street, Church Path, King Street, Gold Street, Hill Street, Market Place and Market Street and others.

Residents affected will receive a letter advising them of the situation.

Motorists will be affected as some road closures will be necessary which may cause some delays in the lead up to the parade and service, however diversions will be in place where possible.

Essex Police is asking the community to remain vigilant both on the day and during the preceding days and are encouraged to report any suspicious activity via 101.

A spokesman for the force said: “Essex Police apologises for any inconvenience these measures may cause but we would ask for people’s co-operation on a day that has great importance to many people.”

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