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Worcestershire will still remember them

Published Wednesday, 21st October 2020

Worcestershire will remember those who have who lost their lives in the two World Wars this November.

Socially distanced events are being organised across Worcestershire, where the county can pay its respects.

Government guidance has now been issued to help local authorities ensure their Remembrance Sunday plans are COVID secure.

Amongst the guidance issued from Central Government are the following points, which must be followed when organising an event:

• All planned commemorations should be short and focussed on wreath laying, with a reduced march past or parade only if social distancing can be maintained.
• Numbers of attendees should be kept to a minimum, focussing attendance on those wishing to lay wreaths (more information on who can attend below)
• All reasonable steps to minimise wider public viewing, encouraging the public to observe the rule of 6 when spectating and observe social distancing at all times

Councillor Rob Adams, Chairman of the Armed Forces Covenant Partnership, said: At this time, we particularly remember the Worcestershire men and women who sacrificed so much across two world wars. Even though we are not able to commemorate through our tradition of parades, services and public events that happen each year across the county, I know many will mark the occasion by watching the closed service broadcast from the Cenotaph in London, from the safety of their homes”.

Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director of Public Health for Worcestershire, said: “Remembrance Sunday is a really important event in our calendar, and I’m really pleased that guidance has been issued to allow us to mark the occasion in a COVID secure way.

Worcestershire has a proud military tradition, and I know that many of our residents will want to pay their respects, however they are able to. It’s really important that people follow the guidance, stay safe, maintain their social distancing and good hand hygiene.”

For more information, please visit the government advice page on Remembrance Sunday preparations