For those of us who work in the town centre there is an opportunity this Friday to observe the 2 minutes silence together. I will be going to the war memorial in Forebury gardens but there will also be a gathering outside the Civic Centre. On Remembrance Sunday there is the civic service at Brook Barracks which is always a special ceremony too, which I also plan to attend.
Council press release:
Two ceremonies take place this Friday (Nov 11) to pay tribute to the
men and women who have sacrificed their lives in defence of this
Reading's Mayor Councillor Deborah Edwards will lead a two minute
silence at the Forbury War Memorial at 11am. And Deputy Mayor Councillor
Gul Khan will lead a similar tribute outside the Civic Offices, also at
11am. People are welcome to join in the two minute silence at either
On Remembrance Sunday (13th) the Council will be represented at the
annual ceremony at Brock Barracks on the Oxford Road. Representatives of
the Royal British Legion and Forces will also be there.
Cllr Edwards said: 'I am extremely honoured to be leading the two minute
silence at Forbury War Memorial. It will be a very poignant and
dignified occasion and I hope as many people as possible will be able to
join me, or Gul, in this act of remembrance.'
This is the first time Reading's Mayor has led a tribute at the Forbury
War Memorial. Normally the two minute silence is led by the Mayor
outside the Civic Offices.
The change is the result of a resolution put forward to the Council last
year by Councillor Chris Maskell. He said: 'The Council believes the
people of Reading, in line with a request from The Royal British Legion,
should be given the opportunity to gather for remembrance in a formal