The Bedford Independent is partnering with the Bedford Branch of the Royal British Legion and Bedford Borough Council to help Bedfordians safely mark Remembrance Day by “remembering them from home”.
Normally, as part of Remembrance Day activities, Bedford’s Embankment would be full of people paying their respects to those who have lost their lives and been affected by war and conflict around the world.
But to support social distancing measures and reduce the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), in particular amongst the elderly and vulnerable, people are being asked not to attend.
Instead, they can watch the Remembrance Service broadcast live on Remembrance Sunday, 8 November from 10:50 at the Bedford Borough Live page of the Bedford Independent’s website.
Bedford Hospital Radio will also be broadcasting audio from the service at hospitalradiobedford.org.uk.
“With rates of COVID-19 rising, this year’s events will be very different,” said Robin Thomas from the Bedford Branch of the Royal British Legion.
“Sadly we are asking the public not to attend this year’s Remembrance Service to avoid the risk of spreading the virus and to keep everyone safe.
“We’re pleased to be working with Bedford Independent and Bedford Hospital Radio who will again be broadcasting the service live, so that it will be easy to support Remembrance Sunday in Bedford from home.”
You can also tune into to hear the service through Bedford Hospital Radio at hospitalradiobedford.org.uk.
Until Wednesday you can pick up a poppy at the poppy shop in Market hall, The Arcade, Bedford or from the Harpur Centre in front of the Captain Sir Tom Moore tribute.
Poppies will continue to be available from Tesco on Cardington Road and Morrisons on Ampthill Road and donations can be made online at britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/poppy-appeal.