Bolton Wanderers Football Club would like to encourage all supporters attending Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship match against Norwich City at Macron Stadium to please take their seats for 2.50pm in order for everyone to be able to take part in the Act Of Remembrance which will take place just before kick-off.
The players shall be wearing poppies on their shirts and cadets will also be selling poppies ahead of the game.
The Club will also have military representatives as guests for the match from the 4th Battalion of Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and the 216 Battery Bolton Royal Artillery along with family members who have lost loved ones in recent conflicts.
The Club’s Chaplain Phil Mason will lead the Act of Remembrance and our military personnel guests will be invited back on to the pitch at half-time to draw the Golden Gamble.
Earlier in the day, at 2pm, in the UK Healthcare Suite, a wall within the suite that has images and photographs of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and other serving military personnel will be dedicated to be a lasting memorial to all those who have served and sacrificed in times of conflict.
The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment was granted Freedom of the Borough of Bolton in 2009. Known as the Lions of England there is the clear link to our Club with our own Lion of Vienna, Bolton and England player, Nat Lofthouse OBE.
At the opening of this Suite in November 2011 it was dedicated to the Duke of Lancaster Regiment and also to all those who have served in military life and have been maimed or lost their lives for the sake of our freedom.
Mr Mason added: “It is appropriate that ahead of our game of Annual Remembrance we pause and dedicate this wall in honour of those who have given so much.”
If anyone would like to attend the short ceremony they are welcome. Please make your way to the UK Healthcare Suite which is located in the North Stand.
Tickets for Saturday’s match against Norwich City are still available to purchase and can be bought in person at Bolton Central, over the telephone on 0844 871 2932 or online by clicking here.