Remembrance Sunday coming up

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Remembrance Sunday 2011. Photo Vegard Grott

The city’s annual Service of Remembrance will take place on Sunday 11th November 2012 at St George’s Hall, and there will be various road closures in place to support the event.

Lime Street (between Commutation Row and St. George’s Place) and Lord Nelson Street (between Hotham Street and Lime Street) will be closed between 10.30 am and 12.00 noon. William Brown Street will be between 6.00am and 1.00pm.

St. Johns Lane, St. George’s Place, Queen Square and Skelhorne Street (from its junction with Bolton Street to its junction with Lime Street) will be closed between 10.00am and 12.00noon.

Lime Street (from its junction with Elliott Street to its junction with St. George’s Place); Lime Street (from its junction with Ranelagh Street to its junction with Elliott Street); Old Haymarket (between Byrom Street and St. Johns Lane/Preston Street); and Lime Street at its junction with Elliot Street will all be closed between 10.00am and 12.00noon.

All closures will be signed and stewarded, and will remain in force only for as long as is deemed necessary.

Along with real life events there will also be commemorations online as the Royal British Legion will become the first UK organisation to use social media to observe the Two Minute Silence on Remembrance Sunday.

Remembrance Sunday 2011. Photo Vegard Grott

It will use Thunderclap to allow Twitter and Facebook users to automatically send the same message, “I’ll be remembering the fallen at 11 o’clock #2MinuteSilence #LestWeForget”, at 9am on Sunday.

Helen Hill, Head of Remembrance at The Royal British Legion comments, “We hope to create the largest ever show of online Remembrance by using the communicative power of social media to remind millions of Britons that they have a very personal opportunity to honour the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

The Royal British Legion is also allowing Twitter and Facebook users to wear a poppy on their profile picture, to coincide with the national Poppy Appeal.

Users are invited to share their support with friends, to learn more about the Legion and its work, and to donate £3 to the Poppy Appeal.

To take part in the online Two Minute Silence, go to https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/547-two-minute-silence.

To spread the word and upload a virtual poppy, go to this website:

http://twibbon.com/support/poppy-appeal-65

About Hayley Minn, JMU Journalism