This weekend sees the country come to a standstill as we remember those who gave their life in service to our country. All across Leicestershire events of remembrance and memorial are taking place and we’ve gathered some of them below.

If you're coming to any of these autumn and winter events, please do a quick lateral flow test before you go, wear a face covering in crowds and indoor spaces, and stay at home if you feel unwell.

In the city

On Saturday 13 November, The Welford Road Armistice Day Cemetery takes place. People attending are asked to meet at the Visitor Centre just off Welford Road at 10.30am before proceeding to the War Cemetery where the service will take place.

Leicester’s main service of Remembrance takes place at the Memorial Arch in Victoria Park on Sunday 14 November. 2 minutes silence will be held at 11am but people are advised to arrive by 10.45am. The Bishop of Leicester will lead the service.

Throughout November, Newarke Houses Museum hosts Bolton-Crick: Soundscapes from the Somme, using technology to bring to life the forgotten story of the artist James Reynolds’ great-great grandfathers, who fought as part of the British Expeditionary Force in the trenches on the Somme in 1916.

Out in the county

Queen’s Park in Loughborough is where to find the annual Remembrance Sunday service on November 14, at the Carillon Tower, which also serves as the town’s War Memorial. The service starts at 10.50am. There is also a service on Remembrance day itself, Thursday 11 November at 10.45am, again at the Carillion Tower.

Hinckley’s annual Remembrance Sunday event begins at 10.30am on Sunday 14 November. The hour-long event begins at 10.30am at the war memorial in Argents Mead.

Thurmaston will be holding a parade and outdoor service on Sunday. Starting at 10.35am outside the Scout & Guide Headquarters in Unicorn Street the parade will proceed to the War Memorial for the Wreath Laying and a short service beginning at 11.30am and continue until about 12.45pm.

Special events

In Cosby on Sunday morning a very special event will be taking place as 50,000 biodegradable poppies will be dropped from a vintage aeroplane as the town marks Remembrance Sunday. Arrive before 11am and stand in the Nook to see the poppies float down to earth while you observe the silence.

Syston has seen some incredible creations from the hugely talented ‘Knitting Banksy’ whose guerrilla creations have been recognised by th local media and filmstars alike. Now they have created a beautiful tribute to those who gave their lives for our country by creating a full size soldier which stands alongside the town’s war memorial.

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