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Remembrance Sunday 2020 in Cheshire West and Chester

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Chester Town Hall will be illuminated in red from this Friday (6th) until 12th November to commemorate Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.

The Lord Mayor of Chester, Cllr Mark Williams, and Cllr Bob Rudd, chair of Cheshire West and Chester Council, will record messages for a virtual civic service to add to this year’s commemorations.

There will be a live-streamed, scaled back private service held at Chester Cathedral on Sunday 8th November.

The traditional military service, parade and salute in Chester will take place virtually this year, there will be no public events.

 

Cllr Louise Gittins

Cllr Louise Gittins, leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “Every year, the British Legion calls on the nation to unite in commemorating Remembrance Sunday.

“In west Cheshire, we are still keen to recognise the importance of remembering, but the priority this year is about keeping people safe.

“I would like to encourage everyone to come out onto their doorsteps on Sunday 8th November to mark the national two minutes silence and also place a poppy in a front window.”

Cllr Gittins continued: “There will be no public events taking place this year, and I therefore ask with a heavy heart that people do not to attend their local village or town war memorials or the one at Chester Cathedral unless they have officially been invited to do so.”

The Lord Mayor will attend a private service followed by the Act of Remembrance at the cathedral.

The scaled back service can be watched online on Sunday 8th November from 3.30pm.

People can write messages of remembrance or a prayer via the Chester Cathedral website.

 

Cllr Mark Williams

Cllr Williams, Lord Mayor of Chester, added: “Once again we have to change our plans due to Covid-19 but from the response I’ve seen from our previous services held online I’m sure everyone will still be able to participate but from the comfort of their own homes.”

Cllr Williams continued: “I am inviting residents, military organisations and veterans to pay their respects and observe the national two minutes silences from the safety of their homes.

It is still important that we observe the national two-minute silences, and these will take place on Sunday 8th November 2020 at 11am and Wednesday 11th November at 11am (Armistice Day).

“Let’s continue to wear our poppies with pride.”

 


If you would like to donate to the Poppy Appeal, please visit The Royal British Legion website.


 

Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday is a day to commemorate the contributions of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

It is held on the second Sunday in November (the Sunday closest  to 11 November, Armistice Day – the anniversary of the end of the First World War in 1918).

 

Remembrance Services

Plans for this year’s Remembrance Services and wreath laying have all been affected by the nation’s efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Full details of what is taking place can be found on Cheshire West and Chester Council’s website.

 


A summary of the plans  below:

Ellesmere Port – There is no parade or service. Invited guests only for wreath laying. There will be a virtual service at 11am: www.ellesmereportparish.co.uk

Guilden Sutton – There will be a church service followed by one person laying a wreath at the 

memorial

Hartford – There is no parade, members of St Johns Church are organising laying of wreaths within their church grounds.

Little Sutton – Six people will lay wreaths at the cenotaph.

Moulton – There is no parade and one person will lay a wreath.

Northwich – A service will be held in St Helens Church and will be invite only, there will be no parade or act of remembrance at the cenotaph.

Saltney – Service and wreath laying taking place within church gardens.

Weaverham – There is no parade this year a very small service to be held at the memorial bench.

Winsford – Small service including the mayor and representatives of The Royal British Legion. Wreath laying at 11am. The event will be filmed for the town council’s Facebook page.


 

Many churches are now streaming services online. You can visit www.achurchnearyou.com for details of local church services.

 

 

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