Town to mark 100-year anniversary of war

Remembrance parade in Daventry last year
Remembrance parade in Daventry last year

People across the Daventry district will fall silent on Sunday to honour service men and women who died for their country.

This year’s Remembrance Day services will be especially solemn as the United Kingdom marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

A Remembrance Day Parade and Service in Daventry has been organised by the Royal British Legion.

It will start at 10.30am at St James’ Infant School in St James’ Street.

Veterans and relatives of soldiers, as well as civic dignitaries, will march through Tavern Lane and the High Street and down to the memorial on Abbey Street, led by the Mayor. There will be a short outdoor service culminating in a two-minute silence and the reading of the Roll of Honour. A service will follow in Holy Cross Church from 11.25am.

Daventry Brass will also be present for the occasion. The traditional Armistice Day Service is to take place on Tuesday, November 11 from 10.45am at the gazebo on Sheaf Street.

There will be a short service followed by two minutes silence at 11am to mark the 144 Daventry men who lost their lives in thte First World War.

Many villages will be holding their own Remembrance Day services and memorials. For a full round up, see Neighbourhood News, pages 57-58.