Remembrance events in Ipswich

Published3rd November 2023

Ipswich will come together this month to remember the service and sacrifice of those who served for our country at special services at the Cenotaph in Christchurch Park and the Old Cemetery. 

On 10 November at 11am, veterans and children from local schools will come together at the Fields of Honour in the Old Cemetery for a service of remembrance at the graveside of those buried in Ipswich who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

11 November sees a short service on Armistice Day at the Cenotaph in Christchurch Park led by the Royal British Legion with Reverend Tom Mumford, Vicar at St Mary-le-Tower, Civic Church of Ipswich. The sounding of maroons will mark the start and end of a two-minute silence at 11am.

On 12 November everyone is welcome to attend a large public service at the Cenotaph in Christchurch Park, organised by the Royal British Legion with a march through Ipswich. The service starts at 10.50am with veterans, civic leaders, members of the armed forces, cadets, and other organisations coming together to pay their respects, with the sounding of maroons will mark a two-minute silence at 11am.

After the service Councillor Lynne Mortimer, Mayor of Ipswich, with Martyn Levett, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk and Honorary Recorder for Ipswich, will take the salute at the March Past.

Councillor Lynne Mortimer, Mayor of Ipswich, says:

"We come together at this time each year to remember those who gave their lives to protect our freedom. It is important that as a community we continue to remember the great sacrifice made by these men and women of the armed services. 

We also give our thanks to those serving today, honouring them and our veterans. 

By buying and wearing a Poppy we contribute to the work of the Royal British Legion which does so much to support our armed forces community.” 

The annual Poppy Appeal was launched in Ipswich on Saturday 28 October by the Mayor outside Ipswich Town Hall. Find out more about the Appeal and donate online at: Poppy Appeal | Armed Forces Charity | Royal British Legion

Portman Road Car Park B will be closed on Sunday 12 November as this car park is used for Remembrance Day service organisers. Please use the alternative car parks (A, C and D) on Portman Road.

There will also be rolling road closures for up to ten minutes for the march to and from Christchurch Park on 12 November (10 - 10:45am and 12:30 - 1:15pm) affecting the following locations:

  • Elm Street: Full closure Civic Drive to Museum Street
  • Museum Street: Full closure Crown Street to Princes Street
  • Westgate Street: Partial closure between Museum Street and Cornhill
  • Cornhill: Full closure Westgate Street to Tavern Street
  • Tavern Street: Full closure Cornhill to Northgate Street
  • Northgate Street: Full closure Tavern Street to Crown Street
  • Upper Brook Street: Full closure Tacket Street to Northgate Street
  • Crown Street: Partial closure Fonnereau Road to St Margaret’s Street
  • Soane Street: Full closure St Margaret’s Street to Bolton Lane.

No road closures are needed for the 10 and 11 November events.