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The town that never forgets finds a new way to remember

Published on Tuesday, 22nd September 2020

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The Civic Hall in Bedworth is joining forces with town schools to mark the Armistice Day and Parade after the COVID-19 pandemic saw this year’s event cancelled for the first time in its history.

The High Street venue wants schools and their students to create a display of their choosing to mark 11 November which will be shown in the building’s large front windows.

The display, using the theme of Armistice and Remembrance can take any form which is conducive with a window display such as artwork, poetry and crafts.

Cllr Ian Lloyd, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Arts and Leisure, said:

“We hope to get all Bedworth Schools involved and keep one of the town’s proud traditions alive, albeit in a very different way this year.

“Bedworth is the town that does not forget, and this is a major day in our calendar and one which means so much to so many people here and puts us on the map nationally.

“This may not be what we are used to in Bedworth, but we will remember.’’

The event in Bedworth is the second biggest in the country and is the only one outside of London to have observed two minutes silence on the eleventh hour on the eleventh day on the eleventh month since 1923.

This year it was to be broadcast live from big screens around the town and was hoped to be the ‘Biggest Armistice event ever’.

The Civic Hall project has been backed by Bedworth Armistice Day Committee and Ken Whitehead, the group’s chairman said:

“It is etched in stone on our wall, ‘Bedworth, the town that never forgets’.

“Although we will not be marching this year, we will be remembering as we have done for almost a century, the brave people who have given the ultimate sacrifice enabling us to live in peace.

“Please give two minutes of your time to stop, reflect and remember them all.”

Any school wanting to take part can contact Joy at The Civic Hall in Bedworth on 024 7637 6707.

Work has to be submitted before Monday 2 November 2020.