Torbay Hospital to mark World War One Centenary on Remembrance Sunday

Published: 30 October 2018

Sunday 11 November 2018 is not only Remembrance Sunday, but marks what the British Legion are calling an ‘exceptional centenary year’ – it will be 100 years since Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance Day (or more informally, Poppy Day): World War One ended at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918, exactly 100 years ago.

There will be a short commemoration in Torbay Hospital’s main entrance at 10.45am, led by Co-ordinating Chaplain Martin Manley. Trust Chairman Sir Richard Ibbotson will lay a wreath, and the customary two-minute silence will be observed at 11am. Patients, visitors and staff are all welcome.

Sir Richard says: “As an Armed Forces veteran, and as Trust Chairman I am honoured to be laying a wreath at Torbay Hospital on Remembrance Sunday. This year is especially poignant, with Remembrance Day, held on 11 November every year, actually falling on a Sunday, and also being the centenary of this commemoration.”

The Trust is asking all people – staff, patients, visitors and retail partners – who are in the vicinity of the main entrance of Torbay Hospital to please be especially mindful of the two minute silence at 11am. Chaplaincy Volunteers will be located around the main entrance access points to help to ensure the silence is not interrupted.

Martin Manley, Co-ordinating Chaplain at Torbay Hospital says: “We will be holding our normal Sunday service beforehand at 10am in our hospital chapel. But because this is a special centenary year for Remembrance Day, my chaplaincy colleagues and I decided we would move the act of Remembrance from the Chapel to a more public area – and Sir Richard our Chairman is of course fully behind our doing this.

“I would like to pass on my thanks to all those who have agreed to help out on the day – the main entrance is quite a busy area, so a few moments of stillness will be special. There will be a display giving some of the history behind Remembrance Day in the main entrance display area from Friday 9 November throughout the weekend to Monday 12 November.

“Hopefully, 11 November will not pass by at Torbay Hospital without people remembering; we all need to remember, and keep on remembering – every year.”

Martin speaks about Remembrance Sunday in a short two minute video.