Remembrance Sunday 2021: Sunday, 14 November
Hundreds of members of the public along with veterans, uniformed organisations and dignitaries fell silent at 11am on Sunday 14 November at the Leighton Buzzard war memorial to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
A parade lead by the band marched from Lake Street to Church Square before members of the public, who had previously lined the procession route, joined to pay their respects. In a service led by Rev’d Cate Irvine, wreaths were laid at the memorial by those attending including dignitaries, serving members of the armed forces, veteran associations and uniformed organisations from within the town.
Following the service, the Royal British Legion thanked those who attended representing the forces and veterans’ associations and to members of the local community for their support. It was noted that the return to a normal parade and service was very welcome following the more muted commemoration in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A short service of remembrance was also held at the Linslade War Memorial lead by Rev’d Dr. Bernard Minton who was also joined by dignitaries, veterans, uniformed organisations and the local community.
The Town Council would like to thank all those involved in the organisation of both services as well as all those in attendance. This was a moving and poignant community event as people came together as a town to remember the fallen.
View the videos from the Service of Remembrance 2021 below.
Are you a keen knitter or a fan of crochet and looking for a project during the winter months? The Council is proud to support the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and would like to invite you to create a poppy – or as many as you like! – for display as part of the 2022 Remembrance commemorations. You can find free patterns here: https://support.britishlegion.org.uk/app/answers/detail/a_id/1346/~/knit-or-crochet-a-poppy
Please bring any completed poppies in to the White House, Hockliffe Street. If you are involved in a local knitting or crochet group and would like to participate, we’d be delighted to hear from you. Please contact Julie Murphy on 01525 631921 or by email on: Julie.email@example.com
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.