BEDWORTH ARMISTICE

HONOURING THE FALLEN SINCE 1921

The Bedworth Armistice Day Parade and Service

11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

Bedworth in Warwickshire retains the tradition of celebrating Armistice Day at the exact hour, day and month each year. It is now the largest and most famous Armistice Day Parade in Britain. The service is held at the War Memorial in Bedworth’s Coventry Road Cemetery in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire representing H.M.The Queen, the Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, invited dignitaries and guests, the citizens of Bedworth and the surrounding towns, and supporters from all over the country who travel just to “be there” on the day.
The parade marches through Bedworth town centre before forming up in the Cemetery for the Armistice service; after which the parade marches along the Rye Piece Ringway where the salute is taken, wheeling left at the Pin Island to re-enter the pedestrian zone and dismisses at The Alms Houses.

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Brian Hawkes, a long standing member of the Bedworth Armistice Committee  passed away on Wednesday 28th July after bravely battling a long illness.

Brian, of Bedworth, was borough Mayor during the Civic year of 2014/15 and his chosen charity was the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

During his term in office, his Mayoress was Diana, his wife of  more than 50 years and a former Mayoress herself in 2000/1 and Brian was the first person to hold both the roles of Mayor and Consort. He also served as Chairman of North Warwickshire and Bedworth Labour Group.

Brian represented Heath ward on the borough council and was also a former Warwickshire County Councillor, representing the Bedworth West ward for Labour.  He was a Chartered Member of the Institute of Safety and Health, and was famous for his after dinner speeches recalling some of the “highlights” of his time dealing with health and safety issues. Brian was also the Armistice’s advisor on Health and Safety, a role he took on with great diligence.  

The Committee extends its deepest sympathy to Brian’s family at this difficult time.  He will be sorely missed by us all, not only for his great depth of knowledge, but also for his humour and love for his family,  Bedworth, its citizens  and the Armistice Parade and Service.  Thank you for everything Brian, we will remember you.

 

Brian laying the Borough Wreath at the 2014 Armistice. 

BEDWORTH – THE TOWN THAT NEVER FORGETS

 A Big “Thank You” to all those who have supported us over the years and especially the Bedworth shops and companies. We aim to make the 2021 Armistice bigger and better than any before – and with your help we will do it.

Special thanks to:
The Civic Hall in Bedworth,     Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council    Warwickshire Constabulary  The Cake Shop       Bedworth Conservative Club      Bedworth Liberal Club       Aldi in Bedworth            Warwickshire Fire & Rescue    Worley Coaches   Tesco Bedworth      Asda Nuneaton
Sainsbury Nuneaton     The WASPS     Bedworth Ex-servicemen’s Club  Weston Transport of Bedworth

This poster was designed because the proper Parade was unable to take place due to Covid-19.  The Armistice Committee along with volunteers delivered hundreds of these all over Bedworth for residents to display in their windows to mark Armistice Day.  As it was, a short service was organised in the cemetery for approx 25 invited guests all suitably distanced.  It was the first time in 100 years that the Parade did not take place.  Covid-19 succeeded where a World War failed.  2021 will be the Centenary Parade and it will go ahead.

The Bedworth Armistice Day Committee invites all Standards to attend the
Centenary Armistice Parade on Thursday 11th November 2021. 

                                  Please liaise with the Armistice Parade Marshal.