Swanage marks Armistice Day with two minute silence

A service took place at the Swanage War Memorial to mark the anniversary of end of World War One and another commemoration will happen on Remembrance Sunday to remember all those who died in the two World Wars and other conflicts.

Gathering at the war memorial on the Recreational Ground, were veterans, residents and school children at 11 am on the 11th of November 2022 to mark Armistice Day.

Armistice day at Swanage War Memorial 2022

Armistice Day service at Swanage War Memorial

The Last Post and a two minute silence

The short service of remembrance, led by the newly appointed rector of St Mary’s Church, Reverend Dr Ian Bird, included the Last Post and a two minute silence.

Chair of the Swanage branch of the Royal British Legion Steve Churchill also took part in the Act of Remembrance.

Armistice day at Swanage War Memorial 2022
Armistice day at Swanage War Memorial 2022

There was a two minute silence and the Last Post

Planting crosses of remembrance

The service was then followed by school children from The Swanage School, St Mark’s CoE Primary School, Swanage Primary School, and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, planting crosses with the names of those from Swanage who died in the war.

Children from the Little Birds Preschool based at St Mary’s in Northbrook Road, placed poppy painted pebbles on the steps of the war memorial.

Armistice day at Swanage War Memorial 2022

Children from Littlebirds Preschool place stones decorated with poppies on the war memorial

Armistice day at Swanage War Memorial 2022

The crosses planted by the school children to remeber those in Swanage who have died during war

Pupils from local schools all paid their respects

Remembrance Sunday parade and service

The remembrance parade and service will take place in Swanage on Sunday 13th November 2022.

The parade will start at 2 pm at The Mowlem and then march up to St Mary’s Church where there will be a service at 2.30 pm.

After the service, the parade will reform and march up to the Swanage War Memorial, where poppy wreaths will be laid by members of the community.

Everyone is welcome to come along to the church service and to attend the wreath laying at the war memorial.

Poppies in Swanage on Armistice day 2022

The route of the parade which goes past Swanage station is lined with poppies

Remembrance Sunday parade sign

Kings Road West along with other town centre roads will temporarily be closed for the parade on Remembrance Sunday

Pop up poppy shop in Station Road

The pop up poppy shop in Station Road in Swanage will be open until lunchtime on Saturday 12th November 2022

Watch the Swanage Armistice Day service

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