Remembrance Day 2020 to go strictly virtual during lockdown

Published: Friday, 06 November 2020

In light of tighter coronavirus guidelines from the government, Northampton Borough Council is reiterating to the public to stay at home when commemorating Remembrance Day 2020 on 8 November.

A programme of events has been organised, but this will be strictly virtual in line with the Council’s “Remember from Home” message.

A pre-recorded broadcast of a socially distanced parade from the Northampton Army Reserves at their headquarters on Clare Street will kick off the Remembrance Day schedule.

What was due to be a limited numbers and invite-only service at All Saints Church, led by Father Oliver Coss, will no longer have a congregation at all in adherence to the new government regulations.

A two-minute silence will be observed at 11am in tribute to those who lost their lives fighting for their country as part of the broadcast.

This is followed by a Northampton Remembers video montage featuring contributions from the public, Armed Forces and Royal British Legion, among others.

None of these activities can be viewed in the town centre or the area around All Saints Church – only online.

Councillor Brian Sargeant, Mayor of Northampton, said: “Due to the ongoing lockdown, we have had to revise how we mark Remembrance Day significantly.

“Although the Council will still be holding a full – albeit revised – schedule of events on the day, it is important that we continue to make the public aware that these can only be enjoyed from the comfort of their own homes.”

There are two streams available broadcasting the commemorations that can be accessed by clicking here or here.