Remembrance Sunday – 8th November 2020

Remembrance Sunday – 8th November 2020

09/10/2020 - Information about Remembrance Sunday events in the Borough in 2020.

Poppies in a fieldAs you will be aware, the pandemic has impacted on event programmes around the world and this year’s Remembrance Services are no exception.

The annual Remembrance Sunday commemorations are a significant event in the Borough’s calendar, which allows us all the opportunity to pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

It is important that we are still able to mark this important day. However, the Government has issued clear guidance about the numbers of people who are allowed to gather and we must follow this guidance when organising this year’s Remembrance events.

This means that we will be unable to permit the Remembrance parade in Beeston to take place as part of Remembrance this year.

It also means that the number of people allowed to take part in the wreath laying ceremony at our war memorial will be restricted to six people, as part of a private ceremony.

We will be asking residents not to gather at war memorials at 11.00am to ensure we can keep everyone safe and asking them to participate in the act of Remembrance from home.

Rest assured, we will be putting measures in place to enable this to take place including:

  • Live streaming the event for residents to take part from home
  • Those wishing to lay a wreath will be able to do so at different times throughout the weekend, provided that COVID-19 guidance is followed at all times.

We have issued the same guidance to Town and Parish Councils and event organisers in other parts of the Borough.

I know this will be a great disappointment to you and it is with a heavy heart that we have had to make this decision. However, it is our duty to keep our community safe, including those who are at a higher risk from the virus.

We will continue to review our plans as new Government guidance is issued.

Councillor Milan Radulovic MBE, Leader of the Council 


FAQs

Why have you taken this decision?

The Government has issued clear guidance about the numbers of people who are allowed to gather and we must follow this guidance when organising this year’s Remembrance event. We know this will be disappointing to many of you but it is our duty to keep our community safe, including those who are at a higher risk from the virus. We will be live streaming the event for residents to participate at home.

 Can I attend the war memorial at 11.00am on Remembrance Sunday (8th November 2020)?

No please do not attend the war memorial at 11.00am. The more people who gather, the more at risk we all are of spreading the virus so please do not visit the war memorial at 11.00am on Remembrance Sunday. We will be live streaming the service for residents to participate at home and will share details of how to view this nearer the time. Those wishing to lay a wreath are welcome to do so at different times throughout the weekend, provided that COVID-19 guidance is followed at all times. This includes washing your hands regularly, wearing a face covering when required and keeping 2m apart from others (add link to gov guidance).

I’ve seen road closure signs what does this mean?

A road closure will remain in place to ensure the safety of those who are participating in the wreath laying ceremony. Unfortunately, they do not mean that the Parade will be taking place.

Who will be attending the private wreath laying ceremony?

Six guests will be invited to a private, socially distanced wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial, including representatives from the Council, the Royal British Legion and the families of soldiers who have fallen in recent years. This will ensure that the event complies with Government guidance about the numbers of people who are allowed to gather.

How do I participate from home?

You can join us in the act of Remembrance by following our live streamed wreath laying ceremony. We will share details of how to view this from home nearer the time. You can also share your thoughts about Remembrance on social media, share our Remembrance posts and decorate your windows with poppies to show your support.

What about the two-minute silence at 11.00am on 11th November?

A two-minute silence will be held nationally at 11.00am on 11th November and residents who wish to take part are encouraged to do so from home or work.

Where can I buy my poppy from this year?

Find out how to support this year’s Poppy Appeal on the Royal British Legion website (Opens in a new window).

What if local restrictions come into effect?

We will continue to review our plans as new Government guidance is issued.

What about other events in the Borough?

We have issued guidance to Town and Parish Councils and other event organisers in the Borough. If you have concerns about the safety of an event, please contact safetyadvisorygroup@broxtowe.gov.uk

What about next year?

None of us know what will happen next year but we are hopeful that Remembrance 2021 will be able to go ahead as normal.


Contact
Civic Office
tel: 0115 917 3210