Remembrance parades return to Oadby & Wigston

Published: Monday, 7 November 2022

Residents of Oadby & Wigston are being encouraged to come out and support the borough’s Remembrance parades, which will be returning this year after a two-year pause due to the pandemic.

The parades and church services, which will take place in Wigston and Oadby on Remembrance Sunday (13 November), are a national opportunity to remember the service and sacrifice of all those that have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life.

The Wigston parade, organised by Oadby & Wigston Borough Council (OWBC), starts at 10.30am. The parade will travel from Elizabeth Court (opposite Peace Memorial Park) to All Saints’ Church and will be followed by a Remembrance Service inside the church.

The Oadby parade, organised by the Oadby Royal British Legion, will take place at 2.15pm. The parade will travel from Rosemead Drive to St Peter’s Church, where a Remembrance Service will take place.

A Remembrance Service will also be held at St Thomas the Apostle Church in South Wigston from 10am on Sunday 13 November, with the Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial on Blaby Road at 10.55am.

Road closures will be in place around all Remembrance Sunday events, so motorists are being advised to plan their journeys accordingly.

Remembrance Day itself will also be marked with a service, which will take place at 11am on Friday 11 November at Peace Memorial Park, Wigston, organised by OWBC. All are welcome to attend.

Community groups or individuals who wish to participate in the parades should contact communications@oadby-wigston.gov.uk so that this can be arranged.

Bill Boulter, Chair of the OWBC Armed Forces Working Group, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to bring back the parades this year and I’d really encourage everyone to come out and support these parades and services where possible.

“It’s so important that we continue to remember and pay our respects to the fallen and show our support to those that take part in our parades.

Aylee Penn, Chair of Oadby Royal British Legion, said: “All the members of the Oadby British Legion are really pleased to be bringing the parades back this year and it’d be great to see the community out on the route to support us.

“We’re also looking for additional volunteers to support on the day, primarily around assisting with road closures. If you can help, please email me at ayleepennrbl@yahoo.com.”

Revd Christopher Johnson, who will lead the services on the Friday and Sunday in Wigston, said: “I’d encourage our community to get involved and support these services and parades, and I look forward to seeing familiar and new faces as we pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”