Remember from home this year

This year's Remembrance Sunday will be a very different occasion as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and second national lockdown.

There will be no parades, bands or processions this Sunday.

Instead, people are being encouraged to mark this year’s two-minute silence at 11am on Remembrance Day from their doorsteps - in a similar way to paying tribute to the NHS key workers in the first lockdown.

Across Tameside, a number of short services and wreath laying ceremonies have still been planned, although with very limited numbers and strict social distancing.

But rather than attend on the hour - or even the day - those who would like to place a wreath at a cenotaph or memorial are asked to do so at different times - or even a different day.

Already, a number of wreath laying events by individuals or small groups of representatives have been held.

Plans are still in place for Dukinfield Town Hall is to be floodlit in red over this remembrance weekend, and craft activities such as how to make a window poppy are available at www.tameside.gov.uk/culturecrafts

While Tameside council’s culture service has created a video, marking the contribution made by the borough’s servicemen and women, which will be streamed online.

People are also encouraged to donate to this year’s Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal online at https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/ 

Ahead of Remembrance Day, poppies have been painted on the road in each of Tameside's nine towns. Read more about that here.

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