Bristol Bears to commemorate Armistice Day
Bristol Bears will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I when they welcome Exeter Chiefs to Ashton Gate on Sunday 18 November.
The club’s nearest home fixture to Armistice Day on November 11, the Bears have organised several gestures in order to pay tribute to all those who served in the conflict.
This year marks a century since the armistice was signed to bring an end to First World War combat on November 11 1918.
Local Cadets will form the parade that flanks the players as they take to the pitch before the Last Post is played by local bugler, George Berry – a lifelong Bristol supporter.
Bucket collections around the stadium will raise money for the Royal British Legion.
In addition, the Bears have organised a charity match for the Royal British Legion against the UK Armed Forces on Thursday 15 November, with proceeds going to the RBL.
All of the Bears playing and coaching staff will also be in attendance for a service at the Memorial Ground – the club’s old stadium – on Friday 9 November, a gesture that Bears head of media and communications Tom Tainton noted will be particularly poignant.
“It’s something that we attend every year and that’s particularly important for the rugby club, especially as we played at the Memorial Ground for a huge part of our history, so it’s quite an iconic place and very important for us,” he said.
“That’s something that’s had a particularly significant emotion for a lot of guys, we have a strong former players association. To be able to mark the 100th anniversary is something that we take very seriously and we want to honour it in the appropriate way.”