Sir David Attenborough attends Leicester Remembrance Service

By Luke Smith


Sir David Attenborough joined hundreds of others to join a wreath-laying ceremony at a Leicester Remembrance Day service on Sunday.

The broadcaster and naturalist was joined by his nephew, Michael Attenborough, and Professor Paul Boyle, vice chancellor of the University of Leicester, to lay a wreath in the parade held at Victoria Park.

Their attendance marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, and the 100th anniversary of the first donation made to establish the University of Leicester.

Members of the armed forces marched from De Montfort Hall to the Arch of Remembrance, on a route lined with poppies made by children from local schools, guide and scout associations.

A service led by the Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Rev Martyn Snow, was also held along with the two-minute silence at 11am.

Wreaths were also laid by the Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, the Lord Mayor of Leicester, and representatives from local emergency services, military units and faith groups.

In a move to remember those who lost their lives in both World Wars, ten Perspex silhouettes of soldiers were also placed in the nave of Leicester Cathedral as part of the ‘There But Not There’ project, to represent people who died during service in the church they never returned to.


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