Changes to planned Remembrance events across Lancashire

Last-minute changes have been made to arrangements for Rembrance Sunday and Armistice Day as the country enters a second lockdown.

By Catherine Musgrove
Thursday, 5th November 2020, 7:00 am
Some wreath-laying will still go ahead.
Some wreath-laying will still go ahead.

Many events, already changed due to Covid-19 restrictions, have had to be scaled back even further due to the new lockdown.

In all areas of the county, residents are being urged not to attend war memorials, but to remember the fallen at home by observing a two-minute silence on their doorsteps.

In Longridge, there was to be a service, last post played and wreath-laying by invited people. Now there is only to be wreath-laying by the Mayor of Longridge alongside the Deputy Mayor of Ribble Valley Borough Council at the War Memorial.

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Residents are urged not to attend, but to watch a live stream on the Your Longridge Facebook group and to use the hastag #LongridgeRemembers on social media to show how they are commemorating.

In Hurst Green, High Sheriff Catherine Penny will still be wreath-laying at the war memorial near the Shireburn Arms Hotel, but a service planned for the memorial hall at 12.15pm on Sunday has now been moved outside.

It is hoped a bugler from Stoneyhurst College can still play the Last Post.

Members of public are urged not to attend to watch.

In Garstang, the Mayor, Youth Mayor, and representatives of the Legion will still informally lay wreaths at the war memorial on behalf of the town, during the course of the day.

Members of the public or other organisations may lay wreaths, but the Town Council request that social distancing is observed and that wreath laying takes place throughout the day and that people do not attend at the traditional time of 11am.

In Ribchester there will be a wreath-laying ceremony by the town war memorial on Sunday, November 8 at 12.15pm, for invited guests only.

On Wednesday, November 11, there will not be a gathering at the war memorial. A two-minutes silence will be observed there by members of the War Memorial Trust only.

Due to restriction changes, Penwortham Town Council is looking to live-stream an invite-only wreath-laying service at the war memorial on Penwortham Hill on November 11.

The Town Council urges people not to congregate to watch the wreath-laying and anyone who wishes to lay a wreath at the site is asked to do so before November 11.

South Ribble, Chorley, Preston and Wyre Councils have all pre-recorded their wreath-laying services to be streamed on their respective Facebook pages on Remembrance Sunday.