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Civic Remembrance service is back

Gosport's civic Remembrance ceremony returns to its familiar form on Sunday 14 November.

Last year the event had to be held virtually, but this year the council has arranged for it to return to its traditional format at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

An armed guard, courtesy of HMS Sultan, will form up on the road opposite the hospital. Joining them will be representatives from the Royal British Legion, veterans groups, Scouts, Guides, Sea Cadets, Air Cadets and other local organisations.

The parade will step off at 10.30am. The ceremony, conducted by the Rev Deacon Erica Wilkie, chaplain to the Royal British Legion, will start at 10.58am. Music will be provided by Gosport Solent Brass, and a bugler from the HMS Sultan Volunteer Band will sound Last Post and Reveille.

The Mayor, Cllr Mark Hook, will lay a wreath on behalf of the borough. He will be joined by the Queen's representative from the Lord-Lieutenant's office, Admiral Sir Philip Jones. Wreaths from civic, service and association representatives will then be laid.

On conclusion of the service a march past will take place in front of hospital, where the salute will be taken by the Mayor and Admiral Jones.

Although most legal restrictions have now been lifted, the government is still highlighting the importance of staying safe and helping to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The council is asking people not to attend the service if they or someone in their household has developed any covid-19 symptoms. It is encouraging people to wear a face covering, although this is not compulsory.

The order of service can be downloaded.

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