REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 8th NOVEMBER 2020

**Press Release**

This year Remembrance Day, on 8th November will be different from other years, we will not be organising a parade or a long service; we will be following Government advice regarding social gatherings so we will be advising our local organisations and residents NOT to gather at the War Memorial, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

We will not be inviting guests to attend the short service at the War Memorial site at 11.00am. The ONLY attendees at this time will be The Mayors of both Peacehaven & Telscombe Town Councils, the Royal British Legion representative accompanied by the standard bearer, our local bugler, and the Rev’d Tim Mills, Peacehaven Town Council will video the short service at a distance and will post on our Social Media sites. This decision has been made to avoid social gatherings; we are following Government advice.

We would however, like to invite, dignitaries and our local organisations to lay their wreaths after 11.20am. Those who would like to lay a wreath on behalf of their organisation or group will be given a time slot to visit the war memorial, in a safe capacity and at their own risk. It is suggested that sanitiser is used after laying the wreath, please bring this with you when visiting the site.

Please contact Deborah Donovan, Civic Officer (civicandmarketing@peacehaventowncouncil.gov.uk) who will allocate you with a time to lay your wreath.

If a poppy wreath is required for Ceremonial Laying at the War Memorial, please contact the Royal British Legion Poppy Organiser Stephen Redman on 01273 5875899 who will arrange a safe collection point.

There has been a lot of speculation on social media regarding Armistice Day too, unfortunately, we won’t be inviting schools or organisations to attend the short service on 11th November, however, residents can visit to pay their respects at any time after 11.15am taking into consideration social distancing and gathering in numbers. Peacehaven Town Council will video the short service and will post on their social media sites.

We are fully supporting the idea of placing pictures of poppies in windows which could also be a fabulous idea for the schools to take on board too. Peacehaven Town Council are working with the Co-op Funeral Care (Caring Lady) who have donated material for the Sussex Volunteer Crafters to make ‘Poppy’ face masks. These will be on sale from 19th October in the Information Office, priced at just £2.50, all funds will be donated to the Royal British Legion.

If there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in the Town, then all procedures may be cancelled at a moment’s notice. Thank you in advance for your support with these changes.

*ENDS*