WHILE there will be no official Remembrance Sunday parades or services in Warrington this year because of the Covid-19 restrictions, local campaigner Julie Francis has been busy ensuring the town’s Cenotaph still looks the part.
While residents are being asked to mark the commemorations from home on Sunday, November 8 – including observing the national 11am two minutes silence, Julie, assisted by Cath Foster, has been busy putting 10 large poppies on the cenotaph on Bridge Foot, while also flying a new flag. It has become an annual tradition for Julie, who campaigned for improvements to the town’s central war memorial.
Meanwhile to be part of the annual service of remembrance people can also visit the council’s website to get a special poppy design, which can be printed off, coloured in and displayed in windows as a sign of remembrance. To download the poppy CLICK HERE
A private ceremony and wreath-laying will be held at St Elphin’s Parish Church, attended by a small group of civic leaders, war veterans and armed forces members. For safety reasons, this event will not be open to the public.
The annual Remembrance Sunday commemorations honour those who have been injured or lost their lives fighting for their country.
Mayor of Warrington, Cllr Wendy Johnson, said: “It’s so important that we never forget the sacrifices made by so many during times of conflict. Remembrance Sunday gives us all the opportunity to pay tribute to our brave armed forces, past and present.
“While the current restrictions mean this year’s Remembrance Sunday will be different, I would encourage everyone to join the commemorations from home, by observing the two-minute silence and proudly displaying a poppy in their window. Together, we can play our part in honouring our war heroes and ensuring their memory lives on.”