Lest we Forget

09th November 2022

Thousands of poppies will fall silently in Durham and Truro Cathedrals this Remembrance weekend as an act of remembrance and silent gratitude to all those who have lost their lives in wars around the world.

You can join in services to mark Remembrance weekend at all our cathedrals. Check out individual websites for more information and details.

Lest we Forget

This year’s Festival of Remembrance in Durham Cathedral will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War.

The Falklands War lasted 74 days and yet was one of the largest conflicts since WW2, with 30,000 British personnel involved and 255 people losing their lives.

The programme for this year’s concert features a mix of music and spoken word. One of the participants is Sergeant Jamie Simeon of the Scots Guards, whose father was killed in action on Mount Tumbledown.

He will read the Ode to Tumbledown in memory of his father and other Scots Guardsmen who lost their lives in the Falklands conflict.  Sergeant Simeon and other fallen colleagues have recently been commemorated through a project to name locations around the Falkland Islands after those who gave their lives.

The Festival of Remembrance will culminate with the Muster and Act of Remembrance, with thousands of poppies falling silently from the Cathedral’s central tower and all proceeds from ticket sales go towards the ABF The Soldiers Charity, the national charity of the British Army that supports soldiers, veterans and their families.

Festival of Remembrance: Saturday 12 November: 7.30pm

Tickets are available here.

Poppies will also fall from Truro Cathedral in an act of silent remembrance at the end of this Sunday’s Remembrance Service which will also be live streamed so people can join from home.

Last Sunday the cathedral community came together to bless the Royal British Legion Garden of Remembrance where people can plant a cross in memory and they will come together again to mark the silence at 11:00 on Friday 11 November.

The Remembrance Service will re- live the Last Supper and will be held in the nave and livestreamed from 10am on Truro Cathedral’s YouTube page.

You can find the service here.

There will be an act of Remembrance at the city’s war memorial in Peterborough this Sunday before the cathedral hosts a Service of Remembrance at 11.30am with civic dignitaries and representatives of the armed forces.

All are welcome. No booking required.

This service will also be live-streamed via the Cathedral’s Facebook page.

Remembrance day at Hereford can be found here.

Coventry are showing Derek Jarman’s War Requiem this Sunday as part of their Remembrance Day events.