Guide to Remembrance Sunday parades in the Portsmouth area

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THOUSANDS of people are expected to gather for Remembrance Sunday services across the area.

In Portsmouth there is a service taking place in Guildhall Square from 10am.

The Royal British Legion Riders Branch is hosting its own event at the war memorial on Southsea Common from 10.45am.

Scores of motorbike and scooter riders are expected to join.

Later, the city’s branch of the Royal British Legion will hold a service at St Mary’s Church, in St Mary’s Road, from 3pm.

There will also be free entry to the First World War Remembrance Centre at Fort Widley. There will be a two-minute silence on Sunday at 11am and the ACP band playing from 2pm until about 4pm.

In Havant, the town’s mayor Leah Turner and deputy lieutenant of Hampshire, David Frere-Cook will lay a wreath at the war memorial at Saint Faith’s Church, at 10.52am.

It will take place directly after the parade from the Ex-Servicemen’s Club, in Brockhampton Lane to the war memorial.

In Hayling Island there will be a parade from 10.35am, heading from Mengham car park to the memorial in Elm Grove.

This will be followed by a march and service at St James’ Church, in Church Path, Emsworth, at 2.30pm.

Gosport will be staging its event from 11am at the War Memorial Hospital, in Bury Road. A guard of honour from HMS Sultan will form up at 10.30am. They will be joined by Scouts, Guides, Sea and Air Cadets and other guests.

Lee-on-the-Solent’s ceremony will run concurrently on the seafront at the war memorial.

Fareham’s Holy Trinity Church, in West Street will host its own service, with a parade marching from the Duke of Connaught’s Own Club in Western Road to the church at 10am.

A service is to take place at St George’s Church in Waterlooville with the Act of Remembrance at 11am inside the church.

In Horndean, the serviice is taking place at Horndean war memorial in The Square.

The parade will leave the Scout Hut, Queens Crescent, at 10.20am and will march down to the war memorial. The service will start at 10.45am.