Every year the nation unites as part of Remembrance Sunday to honour those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to secure and protect our freedoms.
Bassetlaw District Council, Town and Parish Councils and other bodies and partners have been proud to play their role in the organisation of Remembrance Sunday in our towns and villages. However, the Coronavirus Pandemic has impacted many areas of society and has enforced restrictions on gatherings of all kinds. Unfortunately this year’s Remembrance Parades and Services are no exception.
The annual Remembrance Sunday commemorations allow us all the opportunity to pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and we recognise these events are extremely significant for residents, veterans, the Royal British Legion and our district as a whole.
In recent months, we have been working closely with Royal British Legion organisations in Bassetlaw, as well as Town and Parish Councils, to monitor the guidance issued by the Government in relation to events such as this.
The Government has now issued clear guidance about the numbers of people who are allowed to gather and we must follow this guidance when organising or endorsing this year’s Remembrance events.
Given its importance, Remembrance Sunday attracts large crowds and there is no way of ensuring social distancing is complied with in a large public event like this.
Unfortunately, this means that we are not able to hold the annual Remembrance Parade in Worksop, which is organised by Bassetlaw District Council, and we are not able to endorse other events throughout the district. Town and Parish Councils and event organisers in other parts of the District have also been issued with the same guidance.
It also means that the number of people allowed to take part in wreath laying ceremonies at our war memorials will be restricted as part of a private ceremony. As such we are asking residents not to gather at war memorials to ensure we can keep everyone safe.
However, there are a number of ways that you will still be able to participate in this year’s act of Remembrance from home:
- You can pay your respects as part of a ‘Door step’ two-minute silence at 11am.
- Those wishing to lay a wreath will be able to do so at different times in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday or throughout the weekend, provided that COVID-19 guidance is followed at all times. If you wish to lay a wreath, please do so at the World War 1 Memorial in the Memorial Gardens as no road closures will be in place on Memorial Avenue. These will be transferred to the Worksop War Memorial on Monday 9th
- You can download Poppy Posters and display them in your windows. We also have posters that children can colour in and display in windows.
- There will be lots of online activities and events going on in the lead up to and on Remembrance Sunday
- The BBC will be broadcasting a Remembrance Day service.
- You can still donate to the Poppy Appeal as part of local collections.
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.
Can I attend the war memorial on Remembrance Sunday (8th November 2020)?
No. Please do not attend the war memorial at 11am. 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 11am on Remembrance Sunday. Those wishing to lay a wreath are welcome to do so at different times in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday, 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.
Who will be attending the private wreath laying ceremony?
A permitted number of guests have been invited to a private, socially distanced wreath laying ceremony at an undisclosed location, including representatives from the Council, the Royal British Legion, the MP and representatives of the Armed Forces. This will ensure that the event complies with Government guidance about the numbers of people who are allowed to gather.
Wreath laying events organised by the Royal British Legion and Town and Parish Councils will also be taking place in line with Government Guidance.
How do I participate from home?
There will be a number of online events taking place and 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 11am on 11th November?
A two-minute silence will be held nationally at 11am 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.
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 District?
We have issued guidance to Town and Parish Councils and other event organisers in the District. If you have concerns about the safety of an event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Last Updated on Friday, October 23, 2020