Remembrance Day Stockton is a day to commemorate the service and sacrifice of all those who have fought for their country, particularly those who have died in conflict. It is held on the second Sunday in November each year.
Stockton-on-Tees has a long and proud history of military service, and the town’s residents are always keen to mark Remembrance Day in a fitting manner. This year, there will be a number of events taking place across the borough, including the largest one at the Cenotaph in Stockton.
Remembrance Day Stockton Parade and Service
Stockton Parish Church will hold a contemporary Sunday Service at 9.30am on Remembrance Sunday, 12 November 2023, with a remembrance theme. The service will end with the Act of Remembrance at the Cenotaph from 10.45am onwards.
Those attending the Cenotaph service only are advised to assemble at the Cenotaph by 10.35am. A parade will march up the High Street from 10.35am and be in position at the Cenotaph for the outside service at 10.45am. The parade will then march back down the High Street with the Mayor, Vice Lord Lieutenant of Durham and Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire taking the salute.
The service at the Cenotaph is an opportunity for the community to come together and remember those who have served and sacrificed for their country. It is a time to reflect on the importance of peace and freedom, and to renew our commitment to building a better future for all.
If you are planning to attend the Remembrance Day Stockton event, please be aware that there may be road closures and disruptions to public transport. It is also advisable to dress warmly, as the weather can be unpredictable at this time of year.
Wreaths will be laid by dignitaries and community groups, including Councillor Jim Beall the Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees on behalf of the residents of the borough.
Other events across Stockton-on-Tees
Other Remembrance Day events in Stockton-on-Tees will include:
- A parade and service at the Cenotaph in Thornaby at 10.45am.
- A parade and service at the Cenotaph in Billingham at 10.50am.
- A service at the Parish Church in Yarm at 9.30am, followed by a short service at the War Memorial and a small procession along the High Street to Yarm School.
- A service at Egglescliffe Parish Church at 10am, followed by a procession to Egglescliffe War Memorial at 10.45am.
- A short service and remembrance at the “Tommy” sculpture outside the Elmwood Centre in Hartburn at 2pm.
- A service at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Ingleby Barwick at 10am, followed by the Act of Remembrance at the Memorial Stone at 11am.
- A service at the Church of St. Martin and St. Hilary in Kirklevington at 10.15am, followed by a two minutes’ silence.
- A service at All Saints’ Church in Preston-on-Tees at 9.45am, followed by the two-minute silence at the nearby War Memorial at 11am.
- A short service at the Cenotaph in Port Clarence at 3pm, followed by the laying of wreaths.
- A service at Stillington Cenotaph on Messines Lane at 12 noon.
- A service in St Peter’s Church in Wolviston at 10.15am, followed by a procession to the War Memorial for the laying of the wreath at 10.45am.
- An Armistice Day service at St Mary’s Church in Norton on Saturday, November 11, at 10.40am, including an Act of Remembrance and laying of wreaths.
- Morning Worship and the Act of Remembrance at St Mary’s in Norton on Sunday, November 12, from 10.30am.
- A service will take place at the Memorial Garden, Teesside International Airport at 10.45am.
All members of the public are welcome to attend any of the Remembrance Day events in Stockton-on-Tees.
Here are some additional things to keep in mind about Remembrance Day Stockton 2023:
- How to wear a poppy: Poppies are worn on Remembrance Day to remember those who have died in conflict. The poppy is a symbol of remembrance and hope.
- How to observe the two-minute silence: The two-minute silence is held at 11am on Remembrance Day to remember those who have died in conflict. During the two-minute silence, please stand still and observe a respectful silence.
- How to donate to the Royal British Legion: The Royal British Legion is a charity that provides support to veterans and their families. If you would like to donate to the Royal British Legion, you can do so online, by phone, or by post.
We hope that you will join us in Stockton-on-Tees on Remembrance Day 2023 to remember and honour those who have served and sacrificed for their country.