Remembrance 2020

Formal plans for Remembrance Day have been cancelled this year following the restrictions which are to start on Thursday 5th November 2020.

As Covid-19 cases are rising rapidly across the whole of the UK and in other countries, the Government has asked everyone to act now to control the spread of the virus. The single most important action we can all take in fighting coronavirus is to stay at home.

The new restrictions, unless legislation expected to be passed on Wednesday is amended, prevents services in places of worship and the usual parade and wreath laying at the war memorial to take place. The Town Council and Royal British Legion have therefore agreed that it is with regret that this year’s Remembrance events on Sunday and 11th November 2020 must be cancelled.

Each organisation already planning to lay a wreath may do so with solemnity on the memorial on Park Walk. Care must be taken to do this separately and individually and avoid the proximity of others doing the same. The memorial will then still be bedecked with tokens and suitable messages for Remembrance.

The public are asked and encouraged to remember the fallen from their own homes, as gatherings of any sort are currently forbidden. The Royal British Legion have a page to donate and download a poppy. The Royal British Legion want to ensure that everyone can still get their poppy, so they’ve developed an A4 poster of the iconic Remembrance Poppy that you can download, print and display at home.

Let’s see Shaftesbury covered in remembrance poppies this week