No Outdoor Remembrance Services

A reminder that there are no outdoor remembrance services being held this Sunday in Blantyre.

Last month South Lanarkshire Council confirmed that Remembrance Day events were being scaled down or cancelled altogether this year. This week, as the new tier restrictions come into force, the advice is updated. Being in Tier 3 Lanarkshire Covid restrictions, the Scottish Government has published the following guidance under their Strategic Framework guidance for events.

  1. NO outdoor remembrance events will take place in Lanarkshire this year.
  2. Places of worship CAN have services indoors, but with restrictions of 50 people, with social distancing measures in place.

The advice is a blow for many community organisations who look forward each year to pay their respects at local cenotaphs and memorials.

Congregating at the cenotaphs is therefore prohibited this year, the advice not permitting groups of more than 6 people in the one area. It sadly, won’t be possible to stand with others at 11am at the cenotaph.

It’s therefore up the community to think of innovative ways to mark the occasion. There are a few responsible things individuals and community groups can do to show their respect, yet still keep themselves and others safe.

a) If you have a wreath to place, why not place it this Saturday or early on the Sunday morning, ensuring distance is kept from any others doing so.
b) Don’t touch any wreaths or poppies placed by others.
c) Join the 2 minutes silence this Sunday 8th November at 11am from your doorstep.
d) Attend a church service, in restricted group numbers.

Clearly this is going to be a different remembrance day. These are unusual times, what remains constant is the ultimate debt that we owe to those who gave their lives to protect our way of life for generations to come.


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