Remembrance Day in UK & Ibiza

Nick Gibbs

  • Remembrance Day services and observances are being held throughout the UK over this weekend which marks the official centenary of the cessation of hostilities in the First World War.
  • Ibiza’s newly appointed Chaplain of the English speaking church, the Reverend Doctor Peter Pimentel, will hold the Remembrance Day service as his first public duty since arriving on the Island.
  • Ibiza Service – Sunday 9th of November: 11am – Remembrance Day Service at Sta. Eulalia (RC Chapel of Lourdes, San Jaime 85, Main Street)
  • Poppies are available in Ibiza from the following locations. Cala Llonga; Butterfly Bar & Tobacco,  Sta Eulalia; The Queen Vic & White Island Shop, Es Canar; Mo’s Bar & Tobacco 2, Figueretes; Father Jack’s Irish Pub, San Antonio; Pete Butcher, Thomas Green’s, Stevie D’s
  • Donations can be made direct at https://donations.britishlegion.org.uk/MainDonation/

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In The U.K. …

Tower of London:

In the UK  much focus has been on the Tower of London’s field of 888,246 ceramic poppies. Huge crowds have besieged the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation by the ceramic artist Paul Cummins at the Tower.  There were renewed calls yesterday from senior politicians, including the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, for the exhibition to be prolonged beyond its scheduled dismantlement on 12 November. Charities including the British Legion, which will benefit from the sale of the 888,246 ceramic poppies at £25 each, disagree. They say that the whole point of the exhibition is that it should be ephemeral – not just another tourist attraction. A compromise extension has now been agreed.

All 888,246 poppies have been sold at £25 each raising £22.2m for charity. Ebay have moved to stop people profiteering in the resale of the ceramic poppies.

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Saturday 9th Nov:

The Royal British Legion unveiled a 20ft high brass statue of a First World War soldier – Every Man Remembered by Mark Humphrey – in Trafalgar Square. The statue will go on a four-year tour of Britain to promote the legion’s campaign to ask the public to write a message of commemoration for each of the 1,117,077 Commonwealth servicemen and women who died in the First World War. The sculpture was unveiled by Mr Humphrey and Serena Alexander, whose marine son Sam Alexander MC, died in Afghanistan in 2011.

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Throughout the UK sporting events paid tribute with silent observances and military personnel in attendance. Glasgow Rangers fans unfurled a huge banner bearing words from Robert Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For the Fallen’, as well as producing a fantastic ‘tifo’ display.

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Saturday night the Queen attended the annual Royal British Legion’s festival of remembrance broadcast live on the BBC from the Albert Hall.

Remembrance Sunday 10th Nov:

In London the Queen is expected to attend the traditional Remembrance Sunday cenotaph parade in Whitehall despite reports of terrorist threats in the lead up to the weekend. The parade starts at 9.20a.m. is attended by members of the Royal Family, politicians and current and ex-servicemen.

Televised coverage of the parade starts on BBC1 and BBC News from 11.30a.m. Spanish Time. All further times below are UK times – add 1 hour in Spain.

Later in the day there are two matinee concerts of remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall from 2pm.

London: Silence in the Square, Trafalgar Square, tomorrow, 10am. A two-minute silence led by the Royal British Legion. Cenotaph, Whitehall, Tuesday 11 November, 11am. Until 15 November, a special statue will be on the plinth: Mark Humphrey’s The Centenary Soldier.

Belfast: The city’s annual tribute to those who died in the two World Wars and other conflicts will be observed this Sunday – 10.45am.

Scotland: National Remembrance Parade, Edinburgh, 10.30am, led by the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance, 11 November, 10.50am. A service will be held in Prince Street Gardens next to The Scott Monument.

Norwich: Historic civic service at Norwich Cathedral, 11.40am. The annual service of remembrance will take place at City Hall, and will then be followed by a parade of veterans and members of the armed forces down to the iconic 12th-century cathedral.

Newcastle: Eldon Square Memorial Ceremony, 10.45am. The Lord Mayor of Newcastle will lead tributes at a commemoration ceremony at Eldon Square War Memorial.

Wales: Cardiff City Council and the Royal British Legion will host a parade from King Edward VII Avenue to the Welsh National War Memorial to arrive by 10.40am.

Liverpool: St George’s Hall Plateau, 10:30am. Danielle Louis Thomas, Jack Topping and The Band of the Duke of Lancaster Regiment will perform before a remembrance service led by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool.

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Remembrance Day, Monday 11th Nov:

Two Minute Silence at 11:11a.m.

The Historic Royal Palaces will broadcast a live national school assembly from the Tower of London to be screened across the UK, US and Canada at approximately 2.30pm.

In Ibiza …

Writing in the Ibizan’s regular View From The Pew column, the new Chaplain was welcomed to Ibiza.
“The English-Speaking Church on Ibiza and Formentera enthusiastically welcomes the Reverend Doctor Peter Pimentel and his wife Sue! They have spent a joyful and productive 18 years at St. Paul’s Church, Barton on the Isle of Wight and will be greatly missed by their lively and loving congregation.
We feel so privileged to have them called to our fair isle, leading our interdenominational, international church as well as serving the English-speaking community at large with the multi-tasking required of a chaplain here.
Come and meet Peter and Sue at the Remembrance Day Service in Sta. Eulalia this Sunday the 9th of November. We will be meeting together to thank God for all the men and women in the armed forces who have served or who are serving sacrificially, plus the many who have courageously given their lives in order to preserve our freedom. But let us also never forget the ultimate sacrifice made for our freedom, a plan drenched in love, devised by the Creator of the universe, an exquisite plan to restore our broken relationship with that very Creator, God Himself. The amazing plan, the divine exchange, was achieved when Jesus took our sins upon Himself and we were given His righteousness. (2Cor.5:21) His sacrifice, by way of the cross, has set us free… eternally. We have a God of Grace who pours out unmerited favour on all who choose to believe the “Good News”, turn around and return to our Father’s loving embrace. Come join us for this very special Day, a day to remember All those who died so that We Might Be Free.
“For God has set eternity in the hearts of men.” Eccles.3:11”

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