Poppies on parade over three days of remembrance in Swanage

With Armistice Day – the occasion that marks the end of World War One – falling on a Saturday, there was a long weekend of events in Swanage, Dorset to remember all those who have died in the line of duty.

Despite the rain, the Remembrance Sunday parade, church service and laying of wreaths at the war memorial took place on Sunday 12th November 2023, but there were also services at the Swanage war memorial on the previous Friday and Saturday.

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School armistice service 2023
Timothy Crabb

On Friday, a commemorative event was held for school children under cloudy skies

Armistice Day 2023
Timothy Crabb

On Saturday the sun shone for the Armistice Day service

Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Swanage war memorial 2023

By Remembrance Sunday it rained for much of the afternoon but as usual, lots of people attended the parade and laying of wreaths at the war memorial

School children planted poppy crosses

On Friday 10th November 2023, the local schools including The Swanage School, Swanage, St Mary’s and St Mark’s primary schools and Little Birds preschool all congregated at the war memorial to plant the named crosses with poppies into the flower beds. The preschool children had made their own paper poppy wreaths that they laid on the memorial.

They normally attend the Armistice Day service, which is usually during the school week but not wishing to miss out, a special service was arranged for Friday at 11 am.

School armistice service 2023
Timothy Crabb

School children planted the crosses in rememberance of those who died in war

School armistice service 2023
Timothy Crabb

A paper poppy wreath was laid by one of the children from Little Birds, helped by councillor Mike Bonfield

Armistice service at the war memorial

On Saturday 11th November 2023 there was beautiful weather with bright blue sky for the Armistice Day service at the war memorial on the Swanage Recreation Ground.

It was a short but poignant service with a two minute silence at 11 am and the playing of the Last Post by the bugler, against the background sound of the sea.

Armistice Day 2023
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Armistice – an important day for the armed forces, past and present

Armistice Day 2023
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The bugler playing the Last Post

Armistice Day 2023
Timothy Crabb

The Armistice Day service included a two minute silence at 11 am

Remembering all those who have died in war

On Sunday 12th November 2023 it was dull and drizzly for Remembrance Sunday.

In Swanage all the events happen in the afternoon. Historically this allowed the service to go ahead in Wareham in the morning and then gave enough time for local dignitaries to travel down to Swanage for the afternoon.

Remembrance Sunday parade 2023
Timothy Crabb

Parading through town – Swanage town mayor Tina Foster, along with the president of the Swanage Royal British Legion John Corben and the MP for Dorset South Richard Drax

Remembrance Sunday parade 2023
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The Ringwood Pipe Band plays through the puddles

Remembrance Sunday parade 2023
Megan Coward

Representatives of local organisation join the parade followed by the 3 (Harrogate) squadron

Remembrance Sunday parade 2023
Megan Coward

Marching through the rain along Kings Road West, heading towards St Mary’s Church

Parade through the town centre

At 2 pm the Remembrance Day parade which included the Ringwood Pipe Band, the 3 (Harrogate) Squadron, RAF Air Cadets, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, started off from outside The Mowlem and then marched to St Mary’s Church.

The church service at 2.30 pm was followed by the congregation walking up to the war memorial for the laying of the poppy wreaths.

Remembrance Sunday service at St Mary's

The Remembrance Sunday service at St Mary’s

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Swanage town mayor Tina Foster and president of Swanage Royal British Legion John Corben lay wreaths at the war memorial

Clifford Brown (left) and Clive Brown at Remembrance Sunday 2023
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Veteran of D-Day Clifford Brown (left) watches the wreaths being laid at the war memorial with son Clive

Remembrance Sunday  at the war memorial
Megan Coward

Chair of Swanage Royal British Legion Steve Churchill (left) with team rector of Swanage and Studland Ian Bird (right)

Swanage Poppython

At the Swanage Branch of the Royal British Legion there has been a whole programme of fundraising events over the long weekend.

The Swanage Poppython included a quiz evening on the Thursday, a coffee morning on the Friday and a craft fair at the Legion on Saturday morning, as well as live music in the evenings.

The poppy craft fair was well attended at the Legion in the High Street

Poppy Fair 2023

Dee Bee sparkles with her bejeweled crustaceans

Poppy Fair 2023

Eye catching crochet creations

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Armistice Day service at Swanage war memorial

Remembrance Sunday parade in Swanage

Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at Swanage war memorial

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Donations may be made to the Swanage branch of the RBL via the QR code.

QR code to donate to Pop up poppy shop 2023

Further information

  • The Swanage branch of the Royal British Legion is at 150 High Street, Swanage, Dorset BH19 2PA with more details about events on its website

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