Parade to remember those who died

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 September 2011 | UPDATED: 15:41 20 September 2011

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MEMORIAL events to commemorate police officers and staff who have lost their lives in the line of duty will be held this weekend.

A private service at police headquarters in Portishead will be followed by a parade and church service in Weston on Sunday.

The events in the Avon and Somerset force area will mirror a national memorial event, which this year is being held in Belfast.

It alternates between the major cities in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The private event at the Portishead police headquarters during the morning on Sunday will be for police officers and staff and relatives of those who have lost their lives while on duty.

Chief Constable Colin Port will be joined by Avon and Somerset Police Authority chairman Dr Peter Heffer and senior officers and representatives across the constabulary.

The service will be led by force chaplain, Reverend Andy Paget.

The parade in Weston will follow a route taking in Union Street, Oxford Street and then past the police station, where the formal salute will be taken by the North Somerset District Commander Superintendent Julian Moss. He will be joined by the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Lady Gass.

The parade will then make its way to Clarence Park Baptist Church in Walliscote Road, where a service will take place at about 3pm.

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