The tradition of firing a maroon from Clevedon Pier to mark the beginning and end of the two minutes silence on Remembrance Sunday has been revived by Clevedon Pier’s newly appointed Business Manager, Nicole Laken. At 11:00 am Sunday, 8th November a maroon (marine rocket) will be fired from the Pierhead by a specialist team from local firm Precision Energetics who are providing their services free of charge. Two minutes later the end of the two minutes silence will be marked by the firing of a second maroon.
From 10:30 to 11:00 am Pier entry will be free of charge although visitors will be encouraged to make a donation to the Clevedon contingent of the Somerset Army Cadet Force who will be providing a small honour guard. The Royal British Legion will also be in attendance. For safety reasons there will be some access restrictions on the Pier whilst the maroons are being prepared and discharged.
Pier Trust Chairman, Simon Talbot-Ponsonby, said “Local Town Councillor, David Shopland, recently suggested that the firing of a maroon to mark the two silence would be a good idea and we are delighted to be in a position to make it happen’.
The picture shows the Berlin Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Berlin, Germany which contains the graves of 3,198 British and Commonwealth service personnel. There are 23,000 Commonwealth War Grave cemeteries and memorials worldwide marking the last resting place of 1.7m people who died in the two World Wars. The Two Minute Silence, held each year at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, marks the end of the First World War. It is a day to remember and honour those who have paid the price for our freedom, then and now.