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Remember at Home – Borough Remembrance & Armistice 2020

Published on Friday, 23rd October 2020

Nuneaton remembers

Nuneaton and Bedworth residents are being asked to mark both Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day in a different way this year - Remember at home.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, usual Borough commemoration plans for Remembrance this year have been cancelled. To ensure everyone’s safety, the borough council and Remembrance leaders are instead asking people to remember our fallen heroes from their doorstep. 

Although there will still be small-scale wreath laying ceremonies taking place around the Borough on Sunday 8th November, they will not be open to the public. There will still be a national moment of two-minute silence at 11am, which people are being asked to honour from homeA live broadcast of both the Nuneaton and Bedworth Remembrance wreath laying ceremonies has been confirmed. From 10.55am on Remembrance Sunday, 8 November you can watch the Nuneaton ceremony here: www.facebook.com/NBBCtowns & the Bedworth ceremony here: www.facebook.com/NBBCouncil

And although the revered Armistice Parade in Bedworth has been cancelled, the town’s proud tradition will still be suitably honoured. People are being asked to support the two-minute silence at 11am on the 11th from home. To mark the start of the two-minute silence there will be a siren sounded across Bedworth. Once a second siren has sounded to mark the end of the silence, residents are being asked to pay their respects by taking part in a special applause for the fallen.

Bedworth remembers 2020

School children from across Bedworth will also pay homage to Armistice with a large hand-crafted display which will be showcased in the Civic Hall’s large front windows for all to see and admire. Once complete, pictures will be shared on the borough council’s social media channels @NBBCouncil.

Again, there will be a small-scale, private wreath laying ceremony in Bedworth, which will hopefully be broadcast live. For details of this and for other updates in regard to Bedworth Armistice visit the Armistice Committee website: bedwortharmisticeday.org

To help communities of Warwickshire mark the occasion, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service are asking children from across the county to get creative by sending in poppy pictures for firefighters to display in their fire station windows, just as they did with the Rainbows earlier in the year. Click here for more information.

To help individuals and communities plan activities, the Royal British Legion have put together a 2020 Remembrance overview and a range of suggested Covid-safe Remembrance ideas The suggested activities range from creating a piece of Remembrance art to display in your window to holding a small Remembrance service in your garden. Please tag us @NBBCouncil / or use #RememberatHome so we can share your stories.

Councillor Julie Jackson, Leader of the Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council commented:

“I know that people will be disappointed to hear that the usual Remembrance celebrations this year will not be going ahead. The Borough ceremonies have always been very proudly upheld and well supported by local people, however, I’m sure that our residents understand that in light of the ongoing pandemic, ‘Remember at Home’ is the safest solution for everyone.”

Councillor Barry Longden - Armed Forces Champion for Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council added:

“We can still honour those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, but this year we will be paying our respects in a different way.  Please help to keep all of our residents and visitors safe by staying home and taking part in Covid-safe activities.”

Ken Whitehead, Bedworth Armistice Committee Chair added:

“We do not want to put any lives at risk which is why we are asking people to stay at home and stay safe. This year we have other ways we can give the fallen the respect they deserve, from home people can honour the two-minute silence and take part in the applause afterwards. Listen out for the siren to mark the start and end of the silence.”