Public urged to join Council Mayor for 11.11.11.11.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend Ripley's Market Place including school children and Royal British Legion Riders to mark this year's Remembrance Day.

11 November 2011 marks a unique date in the history of the event and the Council is urging the public to reflect and remember those who have died in armed conflict since the First World War and those who are currently serving their country in other conflicts throughout the world.

Each year, the Mayor of Amber Valley joins fellow councillors and Council employees to observe the Two Minute Silence at the steps of Ripley Town Hall. This year, because the date is unique the Council is urging even more people to join the Mayor at the Town Hall before 11am on Friday 11 November.

As part of the Remembrance, 41 pupils from St John's Primary School in Ripley and as many as 80 pupils from Ripley Infants School will present remembrance themed art to the Mayor before observing the Two Minute Silence.

Businesses, shopkeepers and market traders are also invited to join the Council in remembrance before 11am.

Councillor Ron Ashton, Mayor of Amber Valley Borough Council said: "This year is a rare moment to stand together to reflect on the price of freedom.  We want to use the event as an opportunity to invite as many people as possible to join us in remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country and an opportunity to stop and think about the men and woman currently making sacrifices.  The Town Hall remains a significant focal point in Ripley, and the sight of a large number of people reflecting together is a powerful symbol that remembrance on such a poignant day can be brought into the everyday life of the community."

As usual in Ripley, Derbyshire Police will stop traffic shortly before the Silence and the Derbyshire Branch of the RBL Riders will stage a ride through near to the Market Place before the Silence.

To raise awareness of the day giant poppies have been placed on lampposts in Ripley Market Place and the Market Café will be dressed for the occasion in support of Remembrance Day 2011. 

A maroon fired from Crossley Park will mark the beginning and the end of the Two Minute Silence in Ripley and Amber Sound FM will relay the Reveille from All Saints Church in Ripley to the people gathered at the Market Place.

Ripley Market will continue to operate as normal but the car park on Ripley's Market Place will be closed to vehicles from 9am until 11.30am.

In addition to this, as a mark of respect and to reflect the importance of events both locally and nationally, every Remembrance Sunday will be exempt from parking charges in all Amber Valley Borough Council operated car parks. It means that all Council car parks will be free in Alfreton, Ripley, Belper and Heanor from 8am on Sunday 13 November until the following Monday morning.

For further information please contact Luke Barrett Communications Manager on 01773 841 655 or email luke.barrett@ambervalley.gov.uk

Notes to editors

Photographs are available with the Mayor from 1030 when children from two schools will present poppy themed art on the Market Place.  At  the same time, the Derbyshire branch of the 'Legion Riders' will ride motorbikes through Ripley's one way system from the Cooperative Supermarket on Derby Road, before gathering on Ripley's Market Place. 

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