Services of Remembrance and parades across the Staffordshire Moorlands

FIRST Potteries are providing free bus travel tomorrow (Nov 12) to anyone wearing the uniform of our Armed Forces and associated cadet forces.

The bus company’s ex-Forces staff are also being encouraged to wear military attire while driving.

The head boy and girl at Endon High School will dedicate a poppy at the service of remembrance to be held at St Luke’s Church in the village (10.45am).

Lester Simpson, folk musician and BBC Radio Derby presenter, will present a performance of his First World-based show, ‘Standing in Line, at Leek’s Foxlowe Arts Centre (5pm).

‘Standing in Line’ is a personal story from the Great War, specifically about Lance Corporal Albert Scrimshaw, Lester’s great uncle, who died at Passendale in October 1917.

It was commisioned by ‘Peace Concerts Passendale’ and was premiered in Passendale Church in Belgium.

Services of remembrance and parades will be taking place cross the Staffordshire Moorlands tomorrow.

They include a parade in Cheadle, from the newly-named Monument Garden, situated on Tape Street car park, which will head to St Giles the Abbot Church at 1.30pm.

Afterwards there will be another parade through the town centre to the war memorial at Tean Road recreation ground, where wreaths will be laid at 3pm.

Other Services of Remembrance include:

Checkley

St Mary and All Saints Church (10.45am) followed by the laying of wreaths in the Memorial Garden.

Endon

St Luke’s Church (10.45am).

Forsbrook and Blythe Bridge

Parade will assemble at Blythe Bridge and Forsbrook Village Hall, Uttoxeter Road, Blythe Bridge at 10.30am, leaving at 10.40am to march to the war memorial for the laying of wreaths.

Service at St Peter’s Church after which the parade will reform and return to the village hall for refreshments.

Fulford

St Nicholas Church (10.45am) followed by a short Holy Communion.

Ipstones

St Leonard’s Church (10.45am).

Kingsley

St Werburgh’s Church at 10.45am. A further service will be held at the Cenotaph in Dovedale Road at 10.45am on Monday.

Leek

Trinity Church, Derby Street (10.30am)

Tean

Parade will muster at the war memorial in High Street and will march to Christ Church.

Oakamoor

An act of remembrance, including a bugler, at the village war memorial at 10.40am, followed by service at Oakamoor Free Church.

Waterhouses

Commemorations will begin at 10.15am at the Cenotaph in the village followed by a service at Waterfall Church. Refreshments will be provided afterwards at Waterfall Village Hall.

Werrington

Short service at the Rock Monument at 2pm followed by a service at St Philip’s Church at 2.30pm. Reception in the village hall.