Rutland's Remembrance Sunday services will be scaled down to reduce the spread of coronavirus
Commemorative parades and services to mark Remembrance Sunday will be scaled back this year to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
The Oakham Branch of the Royal British Legion has handed responsibility for the events to Rutland County Council to ensure they meet Covid-19 guidelines.
Armistice Day is commemorated every year on November 11 to mark the end of the First World War.
Oakham’s service of remembrance is due to take place at All Saints Church on Sunday, November 8 at 2.30pm.
This year the service will take place outdoors with a reduced number of participants to maintain social distancing.
Commemorations will also take place at the war memorial in Uppingham that day starting at 10.30am.
A small act of remembrance usually takes place on November 11 outside Crown Walk in Oakham. This year it will rake place in the grounds of Oakham Castle on Wednesday, November 11 at 11am.
Branch chairman David Smith said: “We are incredibly proud to have organised Rutland’s annual Remembrance Day commemorations over many decades.
“Remembrance Day has a special place in the nation’s heart, while members of the Armed Forces – past and present – regard it as their solemn duty to honour all those who have fought and died for their country.
“Following the directive that’s been passed down by our national body, we will be handing overall responsibility for the organisation of local remembrance events to Rutland County Council. However, we will still be heavily involved in the important planning that goes into making these events happen.”
County councillor Ian Razzell (Con), the Armed Forces champion and former Army officer, added: “This year’s commemorations will be unlike any other because of the ongoing threat posed by Covid-19. We hope the commemorations can go ahead in something like the time-honoured way, so that we can remember all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.”
The plans will be held in line with government guidelines at the time of the events and may be subject to change if new restrictions are introduced.
Details for events in Stamford, Bourne and The Deepings are still being decided.