As part of the UK national Remembrance commemorations, Bridgend Town Council co-ordinates two events for local residents to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.
A Children and Family Remembrance Parade and Service
This special service held on the Saturday before Remembrance Sunday is specifically for primary school age children and families. The event is tailored to provide an opportunity for the children to learn about the importance of Remembrance. Children will actively participate in the event by parading from the top of Wyndham Street to the War Memorial and will receive a Remembrance Service. The event will also provide an opportunity for children to plant crosses at the War Memorial in memory of people from Bridgend who have lost their lives in conflict.
A full Military and Veterans Parade and Service takes place throughout the town on Remembrance Sunday.
Remembrance Event details 2022
Details to be confirmed.
Parade and Service photos over the years
Commemorating 100 Years Of Bridgend’s War Memorial
Should you wish to read more of the 1921 service in Dunraven Place, where the War Memorial was unveiled, the Glamorgan Gazette reported on the event in the edition published on November 18th, 1921, what follows is an extract from that report.
No town in the country, according to its size, lost more than Bridgend in the war – in all 144 – representing all classes – the wealthy, the middle classes and the poor.
The memorable day opened most auspiciously. Friday’s weather conditions were simply ideal, of the cold, nippy brand which made it imperative to be constantly on the alert. The sky was as cloudless as any day during the phenomenal summer, the sun shining, minus the heat, of which we recently complained bitterly, and a little of which would now have been ever so welcome.
The memorial and nothing but the memorial was the theme of conversation.
The religious service (starting in hushed silence) was most impressive – one in which all could join, and did join most heartily. After the singing of the hymn “Oh God our Help in Ages Past”, Rev D S Jones read the lesson Wisdom Chap ii 1-9ch v., 15-17.
Col. Nichol performed the unveiling ceremony and the vicar read the prayer of dedication. “In the faith of Jesus Christ, to the Glory of God, and in memory of the men of Bridgend, who gave their lives in the great war” The two minutes silence was solemnly observed, the Last Post was sounded by Trooper Jones from Porthcawl from the parapet of of Messrs. Thompson and Shackell’s shop: and then broke out the most moving of all Welsh hymns “Bydd myrdd o ryfeddodau”
In the evening the ex-Servicemen’s band played a selection of music in front of the Town Hall. Until late, Dunraven Square continued to be thronged and the people – as directed by the police – walked round in a circle surveying the floral display at the base of the cenotaph.
Early on the Sunday morning there forgathered little groups of women, and some alone (women who never forget) who reverently deposited more floral tributes – emblems of the Risen Life and of the bright and better land where, surely, all the never to be forgotten heroes await their infinite reward.
We will remember them.
The Glamorgan Gazette reported on the event in the edition published on November 18th, 1921.
100 years of Bridgends War Memorial
With thanks to the Awen Collection, the Edwin Miles Collection, the Francis Frith Collection, David Williams, Mrs Ann Rees and Gerald Dodd for the images.
Bridgend Town Council
Town Clerk/Deputy Town Clerk
Town Clerk, Mrs Leanne Edwards, Deputy Town Clerk/Responsible Finance Officer, Mrs Debra Jones
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