SKIPTON’S annual Remembrance Day parade and service will take place on Sunday.

Organised by Skipton Town Council and the Skipton branch of the Royal British Legion, the traditionally well-attended parade will be followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial at the top of the High Street, and a service at Holy Trinity Church, before the parade reforms and heads back through the town.

The parade itself will form up on Bunkers Hill, next to Skipton combined court, and will set off at around 10.40am. It will head onto Newmarket Street before turning onto the High Street and towards the war memorial for the sounding of the Last Post and wreath laying at 11am.

Following the church service, which this year will feature a tribute to all of the fallen commemorated on the war memorial, the parade will reform on The Bailey and then march back down the High Street, taking the salute from civic dignitaries at a dais close to the Sir Mathew Wilson statue. It will then progress onto Newmarket Street and back to Bunkers Hill.

For the second year, a sizeable contingent from the 5th Regiment Royal Artillery will be in attendance. The regiment is due to receive the Freedom of the Craven District next year.

A further contingent from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate will also take part – alongside representatives of emergency services, youth organisations and community groups.

Dave Parker, the town council’s chief officer, said: “We know that many community groups will wish to take part again this year, and we would ask that they aim to gather on Bunkers Hill from around 10.15am and make the parade marshal aware of their presence so they can be included once the parade is formed up.”

To allow for the parade to take place safely, a number of town centre roads will be closed to traffic at times between 10am and around 12.30pm – including the High Street. Parking will also be suspended on the top part of the High Street from first-thing Sunday until after the parade.

Mr Parker said: “As always, we would ask drivers to be patient and to respect the occasion. Delays will be kept to a minimum but the High Street is expected to be very busy and will need to be closed during both the parade and the wreath-laying ceremony.”

The ceremony and church service are open to all, but those travelling by car are advised to allow extra time to park as access to car parks may be affected by road closures.