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Whilst this year will be distinctly different in the way in which we in Sheringham and the County at large will mark Remembrance Day 2020, our sense gratitude and desire to honour and pay tribute to the men and women who served, so that we may remain free, is unwavering.

Sheringham’s Annual Remembrance Parade, like many others, has been cancelled this year in an effort to mitigate the further spread of the Coronavirus. However, a small Remembrance Service, following the approved Sheringham RBL service conducted by Rev. Christian Heycocks with representatives from Sheringham Town Council and the Sheringham Branch of the Royal British Legion will be taking place. Local photographer, Gareth Gabriel, will be filming the service, a copy of which will be made available online and shared on the Sheringham Town Council Facebook page in due course.

It is asked that those wishing to lay wreaths do so ahead of Sunday 8th November 2020, in order to prevent large numbers of persons meeting at the War memorial at once. Wreaths can be purchased ahead of time though the Royal British Legion; https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/ways-to-give/shop/wreaths

Members of the public are asked on this occasion to not attend the Remembrance Service in person. Rather, Sheringham Town Council are in full support of the idea raised by Resident, Maureen Haslam-Trimmer, for individuals to pay their respects by joining in the national 2 minutes silence from their doorsteps, echoing the shared experience from earlier in the year through the ‘Clap for Carers’.

In addition, Sheringham Town Council are pleased to announce the loaning of its silhouettes which were used to mark the centennial commemoration of the end of WW1 to both Tesco (Sheringham Branch) and Morrison’s (Cromer Branch), as part of the Town Council's commemorations for Remembrance Day 2020.

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic the Royal British Legion's annual ‘Poppy Appeal’ will be significantly different this November. The Charity, which provides support for members of the armed forces, will be scaling back the sale of its poppies by street volunteers due to concerns over the risk to its staff, volunteers and the public more broadly.

Both Tesco and Morrison’s will be creating displays within their stores nearer the time, and inviting customers to donate to this important cause.

Cllr Madeleine Ashcroft
October 2020