On Sunday 10 November 2019, the city of Birmingham will hold its annual Parade at 10.30am on Colmore Row near Cathedral Square to remember those of our Armed Forces who lost their lives in service.
Prior to the Parade, Birmingham Cathedral (St Philips) will hold a special Sung Eucharist Service inside the Cathedral from 9.30am until 10.30am. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The Parade will include detachments from ex-Service, Regular, Reserve, Cadet units and representatives of other local uniformed organisations marching on from Temple Row at 10:30am.
Birmingham’s annual remembrance service
Since the First World War the City has paid tribute to those who died in service when an annual Drumhead Memorial Service was held in Victoria Square by Birmingham County Council for the British Legion. The first service was held in August 1917 to mark the first anniversary of the Somme offensive (July 1916) and to pay respects to those who had died to preserve democracy throughout the world. It continued into the 1920s.
In 1919 the first Great Silence was kept. It took place at 1100 hours on the eleventh day of the eleventh month and from 1922. More recently the service has been held on the second Sunday in November. All the early services were held in Victoria Square.
During the Second World War, the City did not hold any public ceremonies. Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress laid a wreath at the Hall of Memory as did the Birmingham and District French Colony (1940) but no siren sounds were made to mark the Silence in case it was confused with an air-raid siren.
Public services continued from 1946 onwards.
City centre car parking
B4 Car Park is ideally situated for the Remembrance Sunday commemorations, being only a 4 minute walk from Colmore Row and the Cathedral.
This 24/7 award-winning, multi-storey car park offers the following:
- Clean and well lit
- Wide parking bays
- Lifts to all floors
- Toilets and baby change facilities
- CCTV coverage
- Customer Service staff available
Half price parking at weekends with B4 Membership
Anyone can park at B4, but if you sign-up for FREE membership you get a giant 50% off the standard tariff at weekends, and 20% off the standard tariff during the week. There’s no fee and no hidden costs. Parking charges are automatically deducted from your payment card so there’s no need even to visit the pay machines.