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Durham University

Ceremonies Unit

Remembrance Service

University staff are invited to attend the Remembrance Service which is held annually in Durham Cathedral to remember those killed in both world wars and later conflicts. The next service will be held on Sunday 8 November 2020 at 10:15 am.

The service is open to the public but to guarantee a seat, staff are advised to register their place in the University party for themselves and their guests. Further information on confirming attendance will be published nearer the time.

Staff may request to join the Academic Procession, if eligible, or to take a seat in the pews reserved for the University. The Academic Procession at the service will be comprised of:

  • current members of academic and academic-related staff (normally taken to mean staff on Grade 7 and above)
  • College staff and mentors (Grade 7 and above)
  • members of Council and Senate
  • SU Sabbatical Officers and JCR/MCR/GCR Presidents

Procession staff are requested to gather in the Chapter House of the Cathedral 30 minutes prior to the service to be put into procession order. Pre-ordered robes will be available for collection from the Chapter House and must be returned to this location following the service.

The Cathedral is normally crowded for this service which includes county and city representatives from the armed forces and cadets, civic leaders, police, prison service, uniformed organisations, local community, clergy and University. At the end of the service the Vice-Chancellor/Pro-Vice-Chancellor alongside HM Lord Lieutenant and representatives from the region lay wreaths at the war memorial in the Cathedral. More wreaths are then laid by other representatives in attendance including Student Community Action. After the service current and former representatives of the armed forces and cadets process from Palace Green to the market place.