Due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, the importance of slowing the spread and keeping our communities safe, Remembrance Day will be marked very differently across the country this year.

Remembrance Sunday falls on Sunday 8th November. Normally this would see the local community join an event at the war memorial. This year, however, the Parish Council, who organise the event, are asking people to note Government, British Legion and Borough advice not to attend such ceremonies.

Robin Thomas, from the Bedford Branch of the Royal British Legion, said “With rates of COVID-19 infection rising and government guidance about the rule of 6, this year’s events will be very different. Sadly, we are asking the public not to attend and instead to follow events online, or nationally on TV or on the radio rather than risking the virus spreading.”

Revd Lomax, who will be officiating at Biddenham’s ceremony of remembrance, said “We know this will be very disappointing to people and we would like to thank everyone for their understanding at this difficult time. We are putting plans in place to broadcast the service via Zoom and should you wish to join us online please login to Zoom and use reference 9980746039. St James Church will be conducting its own act of worship, on the same link, following the Act of remembrance.”

Should any members of the public still attend, two marshals from the Parish Council will be present to ensure social distancing rules are followed.

Issued by Biddenham Parish Council 26.10.2020

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