The town has a strong tradition of honouring the fallen heroes of past military conflicts, and attendance at recent annual ceremonies of Remembrance demonstrates this, with roads in the town centre closed for the passage of the parade, and the parish church full to capacity for the ecumenical service which follows. The sounding of the Last Post and Reveille outside the Lych Gate at St Mary Magdalene are central to the solemn event, as it was at this point that Prudhoe’s volunteers assembled and were blessed prior to their departure to the Front in the First World War.
Enjoy the video montage of photographs taken by Bill and Moira Wooldridge (Community Photographers), to music by the Central Band of the Royal British Legion; ‘Hymn to the Fallen’.
If you would like any of the pictures as a digital image, please contact the council office.
Sunday 8th November 2015
Schedule of Parade and Service
10:30am Parade Assembly: Muster on the United Services Club (Legion) car park
10:50am Parade Route: March from the car park, turning right onto and proceeding along Front Street to the Lych Gate at St. Mary Magdalene Church
The Individual Unit Commanders on reaching ‘The Glade’ on Front Street where the ‘Royal British Legion Memorial Plaque’ is situated and will give the command ‘Eyes Left’ followed by ‘Eyes Front’ after passing the saluting areas.
The march will proceed through the traffic lights and will turn right at the Dr. Syntax halting at St. Mary Magdalene Church.
10:55am Act of Remembrance: Standard Bearers ‘take posts’ and ‘order standards’ and the parade will ‘stand at ease’. The padre will address the parade and Standard Bearer’s will ‘carry Standards’.
The Chairman of the Royal British Legion will say the exhortation and Kohima Epitaph.
11:00am Last post will be sounded and Standards dipped.
11:02am Reveille will be sounded and Standards raised.
11:05am Wreaths will be laid.
11:15am Remembrance Service will held in the Parish Church, led by Rev. Charles Hope
The Town Council support the Royal British Legion in their belief that it is important that Remembrance Sunday and 11th November be marked publicly in the life of our community, as it is nationally and internationally, as a day of commemoration and commitment. Also that it is right to honour all those who have given their lives and those who continue to do so in the service of their country, and to offer some continuing strength and comfort to the bereaved families.
Every year the Prudhoe Branch of the Royal British Legion launch the Poppy Appeal in the town and organise the Parade on Remembrance Sunday.
The format of the parade is always publicised by the council and displayed on noticeboards and the website. The Town Council also encourages schools, organisations, businesses and groups, via newsletters, meetings and assemblies to pass on this information.
If you have any questions about the town’s Remembrance arrangements please contact the office on (01661) 835487.
The photographs below were kindly taken by Community Photographers, Bill and Moira Wooldridge.
Sunday 11th November 2012
The Town Council support the Royal British Legion in their belief that it is important that the above day be marked publicly in the life of our community, as it is nationally and internationally, as a day of commemoration and commitment. Also that it is right to honour all those who have given their lives and those who continue to do so in the service of their country, and to offer some continuing strength and comfort to the bereaved families.
As in previous years the Prudhoe Branch of the Royal British Legion will be organising the Parade on Remembrance Sunday and you would be most welcome.
Last year there were impressive crowds on Remembrance Sunday, demonstrating the community spirit and support of the Royal British Legion; it would be wonderful to continue that in 2012.
There will be a practice for Standard Bearers/Escorts that will take place in St. Mary Magdalene Church on Wednesday 7th November at 7:00pm should you wish to attend. All organisations and individuals are welcome to parade. Wooden poppy crosses will be available in St. Mary Magdalene between 10am-4pm from 29th October to 11th November and can be placed beside the Royal British Legion Memorial plaque on The Glade and/or at the pathway leading to St. Mary Magdalene Church.
All donations will go to the 2012 Poppy Appeal.
If you have any further questions about this years Remembrance Service, please contact the Town Council.
We especially hope you see you at this year’s Remembrance Service.
Remembrance Parade and Service
Sunday 13th November 2011
Exhortation and Kohima Epitaph
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, not the years condemn
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning.
We will remember them.
We will remember them.
When you go home tell them of us and say –
For your tomorrow, we gave our today.
Raised in Prudhoe & District
A huge thank you to everyone for supporting the Royal British Legion throughout the Poppy Appeal and the 90 years celebration.
Young and Old join forces to celebrate
90 Years of the Royal British Legion
On Saturday 11th June 2011 the Prudhoe Branch of the Royal British Legion and Prudhoe Town Council joined forces to hold a 90th Anniversary celebration and fundraiser in The Glade, Front Street. Despite the weather the event was a great success and as well as being enjoyed by all who attended raised over £400 for this very worthwhile cause.
The event included the dedication of the Royal British Legion’s Memorial Plaque by Reverend Charles Hope, a serving TA Soldier and veteran of the 2nd Gulf War. The Plaque which was removed and carefully stored during street scene improvements now stands proudly on a newly built plinth in The Glade. The plinth was erected by Norman Darling, the same builder who undertook the seat/planter at the Western Gateway and was built using recycled stone donated by Mr James and Cllr Mrs Mavis Harris.
The entertainment was courtesy of the Prudhoe Community Band who played music the youngsters would recognise as well as war time classics that prompted Mr and Mrs Davis of the Prudhoe Branch of the Royal British Legion into a waltz. Highfield Middle School brought along science themed crafts for the youngsters as well as displaying their fabulous poetry and short stories about the 2nd World War. Mickley Community Nursery offered children to opportunity to make poppies to take away and Mickley First School brought along an anniversary banner designed and decorated by the school children. The East Centre Nursery offered crafts and goodies as well as donating an anniversary cake made by David Greenwood. The young people enjoyed the crafts and the band but especially the toy tombola hosted by the Women’s Section of the Royal British Legion and the refreshments offered by Prudhoe Youth Service.
The raffle that was hosted by the Town Council awarded 40 prizes all donated by local businesses and individuals (all named below) and was drawn just before the heavens opened. All contributors helped make this event a memorable one and the message was clear – the people of Prudhoe support the Royal British Legion. The Town Mayor, Councillor Mrs Jennifer McGee and Councillor Mrs Eileen Burt handed around complimentary cake by way of thanks to those who came.
The 90 for 90 celebrations have not finished yet and this year’s Poppy Appeal will also form part of the 90 for 90 fund raising effort where the Legion hopes to raise a phenomenal £90 million over the year. For more details please visit www.britishlegion.org.
The Prudhoe Branch of the Royal British Legion will hold the Remembrance Day Parade on Sunday 13th November 2011 beginning at The United Services Club at 10:30am to proceed through the Town to St. Mary Magdalene Church for a remembrance service beginning at 11:15am. Following the service the parade will re-form outside the church before returning back along the Front Street. Everyone is invited to join in the parade and it is hoped that members of the community will come out in force to honour those who have given their lives and those who continue to do so in the service of their country and to offer some continuing strength and comfort to the bereaved families.