Marlborough Town Council has announced that the usual Remembrance Day commemorations, due to be held on November 8 this year, have been cancelled.
In a message on YouTube, Marlborough’s Mayor, Cllr Mark Cooper said, “Due to Coronavirus restrictions we cannot encourage gatherings of residents to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday. Sadly, that means that this year there can be no Remembrance Parade, no service of Remembrance and no gathering of residents at either of our war memorials…We must put public safety first, whatever our personal preference may be.
Together with a very small number of representatives of Marlborough organisations, I will be laying a wreath and a bugler will sound the last post. The rule of six means this will happen over a longer period than usual.”
The Town Council will ensure photographs will be available soon after the final wreath has been laid.
In the Spring we joined the nation to mark VE Day “Together at Home”. The Town Council suggest that our community can join in the spirit of Remembrance Sunday November 8 by displaying a poppy in your window, by watching the national Service of Remembrance on television or holding a private remembrance in your home or garden. It is hoped that the nation will join in the 2-minute silence at 11 am with a doorstep commemoration.
Those who like to lay their own poppies at Marlborough’s war memorials are asked to do so before or after November 8.
The Mayor ends his message with, “I cannot adequately express my regret that I must ask you please to stay at home this one time… Thank you for your understanding. We will remember them.”
To read the Mayor’s message in full click here