At All Saints Church – bathed in mellow Autumn sunshine – the day began with the traditional  Remembrance Sunday Service – to be followed this afternoon by the wreath laying at the Garden of Remembrance and a civilian and military parade through the Penarth Town Centre

Penarth’s new Remembrance Sunday event-schedule – being followed today for the first time – began with the traditional service at All Saints Church.

The service attracted a very large congregation with All Saints being absolutely full to capacity.

Parishioners arriving in bright autumn sunshine to join a packed congregation at All Saints Church for a Remembrance Sunday Service conducted by the Reverend Peter Cox

In the course of the service, tribute was paid not only to the casualties of the two World Wars but all the conflicts which have arisen since.

However there was a particularly poignant moment when the names of each one of the 32 All Saints’ parishioners who lost their lives in the First World War were read out. They are also commemorated in an All Saints’ Book called “The 32″and – as previously reported by PDN – the home addresses in Penarth that they left behind them when they went to war have been marked with individual wreaths, with the co-operation of today’s householders.

The standard bearers proceed into the church for the start of the service – which was attended by a full-capacity congregation

There was a scheduled lunch provided by members of All Saints Church at the church hall for  those involved in the afternoon march.

Although the procession was not due to form up and begin the march fropm All Saints to the Garden of Remembrance at Rectory Road until 13:30 – in fact the parade formed-up before it was actually due – and set off towards Rectory Road at least 15 minutes before schedule.

Effcient, unobtrusive teamwork by several South Wales Police officers and PCSOs cleared the roads  for the parade as Penarth residents lined the pavements to hear the band and see the procession – but the parade set off 15 minutes before it was supposed to .

To hear the Veterans’ Band play – press the arrow below.

Silver instruments gleaming in the sun, the impressive “Veterans’ Band” gave a welcome fresh impetus to the re-invigorated Penarth’s Remembrance Sunday Parade. There hasn’t been a full marching band at the parade for many years. This year’s changes have been brought about by the work of a committee of ex-servicemen led by ex-commando Kevin Halborg working with the British Legion

Navy, Army and RAF cadets demonstrating some impressive marching skills on Stanwell Road

Penarth RNLI, Penarth Coastguard and local youth organisations including  Scouts and Guides were also represented in the marching order. South Wales Fire and Rescue Service brought up the rear

By 13:43 – 15 minutes earlier than scheduled – the wreath laying ceremony was under way in the Garden of Remembrance – watched by a considerable number of local residents who stood in Rectory Road to watch the moving tribute.

In the little Garden of Remembrance at the entrance to Alexandra Park the British Legion led the formal wreath laying by the Mayor of Penarth and civic dignitaries at the small monument which is inscribed with words from the Lawrence Binyon poem – “For the Fallen “

The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Ken Lloyd (left) was accompanied at the wreath-laying by Vale of Glamorgan and Penarth-town councillor Ben Gray (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Secondary schoolchildren from St Cyres and Stanwell Schools laid poppy wreaths at the ceremony watched by scores of local residents standing in Rectory Road.


An army cadet attachment stands to attention as its commanding officer  maintains a salute for the duration of a two-minute silence

The timing knock-ons then continued with all the timings being earlier-than-scheduled.

It meant that the procession arrived at Windsor Road roundabout at 13:40 – some 20 minutes earlier than the original published time – with the result that some local residents completely missed the parade marching through the town centre as it was all over by 13:55. .

After the wreath-laying at the Garden of Remembrance the parade accompnied by the band marched up Windsor Terrace and into the town centre of Penarth past the poppy-swathed Town Clock

The parade passes the British Legion poppy caravan in Windsor Road. Poppy flags also fly from the lines of bunting overhead

Wheelchair-user Cllr John Luxton (Labour Stanwell) who is Deputy Mayor of Penarth was accompanied in the procession by Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) who is Leader of Penarth Town Council

British Legion members and veterans were followed by a detachment of soldiers from Maindy Barracks

The parade was watched by scores of townspeople who had taken up early vantage points along the route but the earlier than scheduled start from All Saints had meant that many families who arrived on time on Windsor Road missed the spectacle and found that the marchers had already passed along Windsor Road en route to Penarth Ex-Servicemen’s Club –  where the marchers were stood down .

The local British Legion officers and the committee of veterans who had a set up a “command and control centre” to manage the event. Apart from the timing glich everything went without a hitch and the objective of making the event a far more prominent occasion than in past years, has been achieved .

However the Remembrance Sunday organisers may not have been aware that Windsor Road could have been inadvertently blocked in the afternoon because of preparations for the town’s Christmas Lights Switch-on – due to take place a week today

Lighting contractors setting up Penarth’s Christmas Lights today said they had no idea there was to be a Remembrance Sunday military parade through the town centre this afternoon

Somewhat incongruously – given the sombre nature of the day – Remembrance Sunday had clashed with the installation of Penarth’s Christmas Lights  in the town centre.

A new contractor – Woodland Electrical Contractors of Barry – has been engaged to do the work this year,  replacing the previous contractors who hailed from Bridgend.

Penarth Christmas Lights being installed in Ludlow Lane this morning

The installation team however said they had received no forewarning from Penarth Town Council that the Remembrance Sunday procession was due to march through Windsor Road that afternoon – and had only one day allocated to install all  the Christmas lighting in time for next Sunday.

In the event, the installers did not install the Christmas Lights in Windsor Road and concentrated on Glebe St instead.  The Windsor Road Christmas lights will have to be installed some time this week to be ready for next Sunday


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  1. Grey local says:

    One more example of the ineptitude of PTC.

    • Poppy Wearer and Proud! says:

      Why ineptitude of PTC? It’s Remembrance Sunday so why wouldn’t a parade go through the town centre. The contractors would be pretty ignorant not expect it!

  2. Jackson says:

    Lovely picture of the church grounds in autumn.
    How fortunate we are.
    Lest we forget.

  3. VOG reality check says:

    Not wishing to appear uncharitable or indeed I have nothing against the British Legion but the law being the law I would like to know why the poppy caravan is allowed to park for days illegally (as shown in the picture above) in the parking bay outside the Nationwide on Windsor Rd when you or I would most certainly be prosecuted for not complying with the permitted times. Double standards ??

    • Steven says:

      I’ve been thinking the same thing since I moved to Penarth 7 year’s ago. Why not have it parked on the pavement. In the same way as the management of the Ochio lounge, park their motorbikes on the pavement.

  4. Neatwheat says:

    Its a pity that they advertised the event to be a march through the town centre at 2pm. I got there at 1.50, waited until 2.15 and then asked two policemen who told me they parade had gone early at 1.30 and I had missed it. I was not the only one waiting either, a few families were disappointed. The usual morning parade had been moved to the afternoon so that more people could get involved. Well they should have kept to the advertised time!!!!

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