Date: 10th November 2020

WINSFORD was the scene for a very different service of remembrance on Sunday 8th November 2020 as the town remembered its war dead in the face of the ongoing COVID pandemic.

Following a request from the Town Council, only a small number of people attended the event, which featured readings from Town Mayor Cllr Don Beckett; chaplain Rev Chris Moore of St Chads Church; and from representatives of the Royal British Legion.

In addition, a limited number of people laid wreaths on Winsford’s two war memorials including representatives from the three services; Cheshire Police; and the Town Council.

The service also featured the playing of the Last Post by local resident Gill Holmes.

Town Mayor Cllr Don Beckett commented, “the service was, by necessity I’m afraid, much smaller than usual, but we were determined to remember our heroes in the best way possible. This seemed a small price to pay compared to them laying down their lives”.

“The service was much shorter than usual but went very well, and – whilst we asked people not to turn up at the Shopping Centre – those who did behaved impeccably”.

Cllr Beckett concluded by saying, “I could not be more proud of my town and would like to thank those who organised the event – including Town Council staff and the Royal British Legion – and those who attended including my Deputy Mayor Cllr Nathan Pardoe; some of my fellow Town Councillors; Gill who played the Last Post beautifully as ever; and the Police and armed forces”.

Town Clerk Mark Bailey echoed the Mayor’s comments, saying that “the preparations for the event were very difficult indeed, but I am very grateful to Cheshire West Council and to the Shopping Centre for their understanding and support and for everyone who attended on the day”.

He went on, “we had hoped to stream the event live on Facebook, but we had some technical difficulties in doing so. We did, however, post the video of the service onto the WTC Facebook page so people can watch it. Let us all hope and pray that we will be back to normal next year”.

Supporting the event were the pupils of Darnhall Primary School, who created some wonderful artwork for the event, which – unfortunately – could not be displayed on the day due to government guidelines. The Town Council thanks the school and its pupils for all their hard work.