Harrow remembers end of World War I

Harrow’s Remembrance Day parade is now the second largest in London, according to Harrow Council.

The annual parade, which culminates in a remembrance service outside the Civic Centre in Station Road, is believed to be second only in size to the remembrance event at the Cenotaph in central London.

Harrow residents can get involved in a range of remembrance activities as the nation marks the centenary of the end of World War on Sunday, November 11.

The annual parade, led by the Glen Trew Pipe Band, will start at St Ann’s shopping precinct in the town centre with servicemen and women past and present invited to join the march wearing their medals.

Relatives of those who have served in the armed forces can also take part and display the medals of family members.

The march will start at 10am and will arrive at the Harrow War Memorial outside the Civic Centre where there will be a wreath-laying ceremony.

The remembrance service will start at 10.45am, with two minutes’ silence at 11am.

Throughout the day there will be activities at Harrow Arts Centre, including the creation of a spectacular poppy war memorial honouring the soldiers from Harrow who lost their lives in the Great War.

There will be a recreation of a Western Front trench and the chance to find out more about the impact of the war on Harrow with staff from Headstone Manor and Museum on hand to answer questions.

The packed programme will also include an aeroplane-making craft workshop and a World War I sing-along session as well as music and dance.

There will be a closing ceremony of remembrance at the arts centre at 6.30pm, which will include The Last Post and the lighting of a beacon.

At 7.05pm church bells in Harrow will ring out as a fitting end to a day of contemplation and commemoration.

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