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Remembrance Sunday 2021:  Sunday, 14 November

This year we hope to return to pre-Covid normality, with the return of a parade from Lake Street to Church Square, wreath laying at the Leighton Buzzard war memorial and a service conducted in All Saints Church.

To this end, temporary road closures will be in place for the morning of Sunday, 14 November for: Lake Street, Bridge Street, Church Square, Church Avenue, Pulford Road, Judges Lane, Market Square and the High Street.

Wreath laying will take place following the national 2 minutes’ silence at 11am and a brief act of remembrance to be led by the Reverend Cate Irvine. The wreath laying will be followed by a service inside the Church.

Following the success of last year’s live-streaming, the 2021 event will also be live-streamed to the Town Council’s Facebook page and a recording will later be available from our website.

Wreath laying and an act of remembrance will take place at the Linslade War Memorial at approximately 12:30pm, to be led by Father Bernard Minton. This event will be recorded and uploaded to the Town Council’s website later in the day.

The Town Council is working in partnership with the Royal British Legion, All Saints Church, St Barnabas Church and the local uniformed groups to deliver the 2021 Remembrance Sunday commemorations.

If you have any questions please contact Julie Murphy on 01525 631921 or by email on: Julie.murphy@leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk

View the videos from the Service of Remembrance 2020 below.

Leighton Buzzard Service: https://youtu.be/BgOL6A7PYHA
Linslade Service: https://youtu.be/HnxBmlDNGlY



VE Day 75th Anniversary

The 8th May 1945 saw Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister at the time, announce the surrender of the Nazis and therefore the end of the war in Europe.
Known as VE Day (Victory in Europe Day), the day paved the way to the end of World War 2 and is celebrated annually; not only for the freedom we all now enjoy, but to remember those who lost their lives or were injured to secure that freedom.

Due to restrictions being in place to address the Covid-19 pandemic, the event to mark the 75th anniversary wasn’t able to go ahead, but that didn’t stop the town from digging out the bunting and celebrating at home.

Here’s how we at the Town Council marked the occasion..

  • As part of the celebrations for VE Day 75 the Nation’s Toast was originally going to take place in pubs across the country at 3pm, to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice or were wounded during World War 2. Whilst this was no longer an option, our Mayor stepped up to lead the Town’s Toast via our social media channels, encouraging everyone to join from homes, gardens, balconies and doorsteps.Click here to see the Mayor delivering the Town’s Toast: “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”
  • 6:55pm – Plans for Town Criers and others around the world to take part in an international cry for peace at 6.55pm weren’t thwarted, as our very own Town Crier kindly pre-recorded the cry for us so to share with the parish via social media channels. Click here to hear Cry for Peace.
  • 9:30pm – Awe proudly floodlit our offices at the White House in Hockliffe Street in red, white & blue to remember all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and to those wounded during World War 2.

Saturday 9th May

Plans to celebrate VE Day with the Rotary Club of Leighton-Linslade as part of the weekend were again, not able to go ahead. However, we were still able to reflect, give thanks and celebrate within our homes and gardens to mark 75 years since the end of the War in Europe and ultimately, World War 2.

The Town Council would like to thank everyone for observing the Government’s Guidelines and staying at home

Sunday 10th May

Services were planned to take place across the country in cathedrals and churches in celebration of the peace which we share today. Instead of this, some of the veterans of VE Day decided to share their stories of what it was like to live and work during World War 2. You can read the veterans’ stories here.

For English Heritage’s full story of VE Day click here.