remembrance sunday in nantwich, pic by @policenantwich

The annual Remembrance Sunday parade and service will not go ahead this weekend due to Covid restrictions, it has been announced.

The march and service at the Cenotaph in Nantwich town centre usually attracts hundreds of people.

But the current pandemic and national lockdown means it has been cancelled, along with the planned Armistice Day service.

Instead, there will be a live-streamed service held in St Mary’s Church this Sunday to mark the event.

A spokeswoman for Nantwich Town Council said: “We have been in regular contact with the Royal British Legion and St Mary’s Church and have collectively decided that this year there will be a live-streamed service which will be held at St Mary’s Church.

“Following Government guidelines, only those who are actively involved in delivering the service will be allowed in person at the church, assisting Rev Dr Mark Hart who will lead the service.

“The Chair of the Royal British Legion John Dwyer will deliver the Exhortation into a 2 minute silence and Mayor of Nantwich, Councillor Pam Kirkham will be reading the lesson.”

The service will begin at 10.55am on Sunday (November 8) and visit to watch the service live.

Nantwich Town Council will lay many of the wreaths ahead of the service.

Those still with wreaths to lay have been asked to lay them between Sunday and Wednesday November 8-11, adhering to social distancing guidelines.

“We kindly request that during this time you please stay mindful of the Government’s current guidelines and do not gather around the square especially during popular times<” the spokeswoman added.

“We understand many will be disappointed by not being able to attend the service this year.

“And we hope instead you choose to mark the occasion by watching the Nantwich Service which can be watched live or at any point afterwards, take part in the national ‘Doorstep Silence’ at 11am on Sunday and you can even decorate your windows by download the Royal British Legion’s window poppy

“We hope these plans allow everyone to have the opportunity to pay their respects, but in a way which is also right and fitting for this very different year.”

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