You will not be surprised to learn that Remembrance Sunday this year has been the subject of much discussion. Decisions have been very difficult to make, because of the unpredictability of the behaviour of COVID-19, and subsequent measures to try and contain it.
Given that this is a Civic event, authorised and controlled by Local Authorities, Bridgwater Town Council taking account of the current COVID19 regulations and following advice from Public Health, and Avon & Somerset Police, and supported by The Royal British Legion, have reluctantly made the following decisions in the interest of everyone’s safety.
- There will be no parade through Bridgwater to King Square.
- The usual King Square act of Remembrance will not be held.
Bridgwater Town Council and Royal British Legion (Bridgwater) agree, that we should try our utmost to at least officially mark this Remembrance. Therefore, discussions are ongoing to find a way of holding a numbers-restricted Church Service. By this, we mean that only 30 people will be able to attend a service, through invitation, although it is intended if possible, to “live Stream” the service via the Internet, so that more people can feel involved.
It is worth noting, that some Local Authorities have taken the decision to completely abandon support for this day, so that no event will take place in their area.
Clearly this is not what anyone wants, but we live in difficult times, that we need must adapt to, and remember that the safety of all is paramount. Additionally, of course, we must take heed of current law.
It is our intention to provide any updates via various media channels, including Facebook, press and radio outlets, subject to their agreement, and we hope that the local community will understand and support our position.
The Royal British Legion – Bridgwater and Bridgwater Town Council