COMMUNITIES across West Dorset will pay their respects to fallen heroes this week.

Remembrance parades will take place in Bridport, Beaminster and Lyme Regis this Sunday.

On Saturday there will also be two wreath-laying ceremonies in Lyme Regis. 

The first will take place at 9.30am at the HMS Formidable memorial in the town’s cemetery. 

Another wreath laying ceremony will take place at the Polish war memorial in Anning Road, between Woodmead Road and Queens Walk junctions, and will begin at 10.15am. 

A two-minute silence will be kept at the war memorial in St George’s Square at 11am, visitors are encouraged to arrive early.

Bridport is already awash with poppies, which firefighters have been selling in aid of the Poppy Appeal, ahead of the annual remembrance events.

On Sunday the parade will start from East Street at around 10.30am. The Wessex Military Band will once again lead the parade along with representatives from the town’s uniformed organisations.

The parade will be followed by an inspection by the town’s mayor, Councillor Anne Rickard. 

After the parade a short ceremony will take place at the town’s war memorial before a remembrance service is given at St Mary’s Church.

Councillor Anne Rickard will lead anyone who doesn’t want to attend the service to an open reflection at Bucky Doo Square.

In Beaminster, there will be a parade from the fire station to St Mary’s Church at 2.30pm on Sunday, November 12, where a special commemorative service will be held.

A remembrance parade will take place in Lyme Regis on Sunday, November 12. 

Visitors who wish to get involved have been told to meet at Langmoor Gardens at 9.30am for a 9.40am start. 

The parade will be followed by a remembrance service at St. Michael’s Church on Church Street at 10am. 

Serving representatives from all of the armed forces are expected to attend in uniform. 

The parade will reform at 11.15am and march to Cobb Square for address and dismissal at 11.40am.