Socially distanced commemoration for 2020’s Remembrance and Armistice Days

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Poppy wreath Photo credit Janice Elliot
South African Campaign Memorial, Bedford

Although crowds are being asked to stay away, Bedford Borough will still be commemorating Remembrance and Armistice Day this year, despite coronavirus restrictions.

On Sunday 8 November, Remembrance Sunday would normally see crowds of people join the annual event on Bedford’s Embankment.

However, this year, organisers at the Bedford Branch of the Royal British Legion are asking people to respect the need for social distancing and to stay away to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

A socially distanced service for members of the Royal British Legion (RBL) and local representatives will take place and the Royal British Legion and Bedford Borough Council are looking at plans for this to be broadcast online.

Armistice Day on the 11 November will also be marked by a ceremony with a small invited group in order to be COVID-19 secure and keep those attending safe.

Robin Thomas, from the Bedford Branch of the Royal British Legion said, “With rates of COVID-19 infection rising and government guidance about the rule of six, this year’s events will be very different.

“Sadly we are asking the public not to attend and instead to follow events online, or nationally on TV or on the radio rather than risking the virus spreading.

“We know this will be very disappointing to people and we would like to thank everyone for their understanding.

“A small invited group will attend to show their respects on behalf of the community and remember those who have lost their lives in conflict around the globe and we hope to be able to broadcast this online.”

Poppies Mill Meadows
Last November, ‘yarn bombers’ decorated the Mill Meadows bandstand with knitted and crocheted red, purple and white poppies

In the run-up to Remembrance and Armistice, The Higgins Bedford Knitting and Crochet Group are making poppies which will be displayed at the museum and everyone is invited to join.

Please donate your red, white (symbolising peace) or purple (in remembrance of the animals killed in war) in the poppy box at The Higgins Bedford by Monday 26 October.

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