Date: 3rd November 2020

WINSFORD will see a much-changed Remembrance Sunday service as the town seeks to go on during the ongoing pandemic.

Due to regulations in place to protect people, the annual Remembrance Sunday event in Winsford town centre will be a much smaller event.
Winsford Town Mayor Cllr Don Beckett will lead the service, supported by his Chaplain the Rev Chris Moore of St Chads Church and members of the Royal British Legion.

In addition, a small number of organisations – including representatives from the Services – will lay wreaths at the town’s war memorials.
The Town Council is urging the public to stay away from the event, especially as it will take place during the second national lockdown as announced on 31st October 2020. The service will be streamed live via Facebook on the Town Council’s page.

Cllr Beckett commented, “due to the current restrictions, we cannot have our usual event in the town where we commemorate those who have fallen. We are naturally very disappointed about that, but we hope that people understand our desire to keep everyone as safe as possible”.

He continued, “we will therefore be holding a very small event – with no more than 30 people as per the regulations – by the town’s war memorials and we will allow those who cannot attend to follow the service on Facebook”.

Cllr Beckett concluded by issuing a plea from the Town Council, “we ask people to keep away from the shopping centre on the day – please stay at home”.

To supplement the service, the Town Council is putting further initiatives in place to commemorate those from the town who fought and died in wars of the past.

The Council will be putting large poppies on lampposts in the town and is planning to light up Town Park in red as a mark of respect for Remembrance.

Town Clerk Mark Bailey said, “this is such a difficult time for everyone and we have tried everything we can to make this important event as close to normal as possible. Sadly, we have been unable to do this and – although we ask the public to stay away in person – we hope that as many people as possible will watch the proceedings via our Facebook page”.