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The Lord Mayor selling poppies

Sheffield to gather for National Day of Remembrance

Sheffielders are invited to come together on Sunday 10 November, for a Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Barker’s Pool.

The service, which begins at 10.50am, will honour the service and sacrifice of Sheffield’s Armed Forces community, British and Commonwealth veterans, the Allies that fought alongside, and the civilian servicemen and women involved in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

At the Service of Remembrance, The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Tony Downing, will lead a procession from Holly Street, near the City Hall.

The ceremony will begin with the Exhortation read by an Officer of the 212 (Yorkshire) Field Hospital and will be conducted by the Lord Mayor’s Chaplain, Revd Sue Stewart. On parade will be ex-service personnel together with representatives of uniformed organisations in the city.

Wreaths will be laid on the memorial by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Lord Mayor of Sheffield, High Sheriff, Master Cutler and representatives of services and ex-services, as well as other organisations on parade.

Timetable of events

  • 10:30am, Salvation Army Band commences to play
  • 10:49am, Ex Service and Services set off from Holly Street
  • 10:55am, Civic Procession
  • 10:58am, The Exhortation
  • 11.00am, Service

Parade then departs Barker’s Pool and passes Town Hall where the Lord Mayor and Vice Lord-Lieutenant take the salute and dismiss in Peace Gardens.

Cllr Mary Lea and The Lord Mayor Tony Downing with the Invictus presentation

Sheffield recognised for outstanding role in Invictus UK Trials

Sheffield City Council has been recognised and thanked by the Invictus Board for the exceptional contribution the city and the authority played in this year’s Invictus UK Trials.

An exclusive gift was presented to the Council’s Gary Clifton (Major Events Manager) and Wendy Ulyett (Visitor Economy Marketing Manager) by Rear Admiral Jim Macleod, Head of Invictus UK, during a celebration event for the Trials at the Ministry of Defence in London ln October. The special Trials t-shirt, which was given in a presentation frame including a gold, silver and bronze medal from the Trials is now in Sheffield and will be displayed in the Sheffield Town Hall.

In late July, participants took part in competition all across Sheffield, using the world class sporting facilities and venues and took part in adaptive sports including athletics, wheelchair basketball, powerlifting, swimming and sitting volleyball. The general public were encouraged (and did so fantastically) to get involved and witnessed competitors displaying the ‘unconquered spirit’ that was showcased in Sydney last autumn.

The event in Sheffield also incorporated Team UK’s Trials for the next Invictus Games in The Hague, Netherlands in May 2020 with veterans and currently serving personnel who are wounded, injured or sick competed at the games.

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New HMS Sheffield visualisation

A new 'HMS Sheffield' is announced

HMS Sheffield is set to sail again following the announcement late in 2018 by Stuart Andrew, the Defence Minister, at Chesterfield Special Cylinders in Sheffield, a key supplier to the multi-billion-pound Type 26 programme. 

The fourth HMS Sheffield will be built on more than 80 years of proud naval history, with the first ship carrying her name in 1935. She played a vital role in Scandinavia during the second world war, and assisted with the evacuation of Andalsnes in 1940. She also took part in the first major Allied landing of the war in North Africa during Operation ‘Torch’, and patrolled waters from the Mediterranean to the Arctic. The second HMS Sheffield, a Type 42 destroyer, was lost during the Falklands War.

Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Tony Downing said, 'This is a very proud moment and a very great honour for the city of Sheffield. It once again shows our strong commitment and proud affiliation with the Royal Navy.

Sheffield is world famous for its quality, strength and integrity and this announcement is also a celebration of the contribution our city makes to the defence of the UK. I am delighted to see Sheffield once again, proudly displayed on a Royal Navy warship – the Shiny Sheff.'

Armed Forces Covenant

We signed the Armed Forces Covenant in November 2011 (previously known as the Community Covenant). This Local Covenant complements the National Armed Forces Covenant and is a statement of mutual support between the civilian and local armed forces community. 

People as young as 17 can be sent on active service so many veterans are younger than people realise, nearly a quarter of people seeking help from the Royal British Legion are under the age of 44.

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Soldiers going 'over the top'