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Police remember fallen colleagues on national memorial day


Library image of the memorial parade in Weston-super-Mare

Two commemorative events will be held in the Avon and Somerset policing area on national Police Memorial Day, Sunday 27 September.

A private service at police headquarters in the morning will be followed by a parade and church service in Weston-super-Mare town centre.

The national memorial event is being held in Edinburgh this year and Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Watson will represent Avon and Somerset constabulary.

The private ceremony at police headquarters will be led by the force chaplain, the Rev Andy Paget. The families of those who have lost their lives while on duty will be joined by Assistant Chief Constable Louise Rolfe and John Smith of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

In the afternoon there will be a special memorial parade in Weston. Officers will muster at Walliscote Primary School and the parade will leave there at 2.45pm, marching along Union Street, Oxford Street and Walliscote Road to the Clarence Park Baptist Church.

At about 3pm a private service will be held at the church for serving and former members of the constabulary and their families, including those who have lost loved ones.

The event is a tradition which began in the town in 2006, featuring regular officers, special constables, police community support officers, police staff and cadets as well as the ceremonial mounted section, the mace escort team, the fire service ceremonial team and the Blue Knights motorcycle charity fundraising team. They will be led by the City of Bristol Pipes and Drums.

The Avon and Somerset Police Male Voice Choir will perform at the service led by the Rev Steve Christian.

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, David Medlock, will join the mayor, Councillor Raymond Armstrong, and Councillor Charles Cave, chair of North Somerset Council, in paying their respects at the event.
Posted on Tuesday 22nd September 2015
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