This year, Remembrance Sunday will be very different from previous years. Covid-19 has made it impossible to hold normal events, however such an important national memorial event cannot pass without any recognition. In recent weeks, Keighley Town Council has been working with the Royal British Legion and Town Chaplain, Reverend Jonathan Pritchard, to co-ordinate a Covid-19 secure memorial service which will be for invited guests only.
Unfortunately, there will not be a parade or outdoor ceremony this year as we are complying with local guidance. The church service will be live streamed on the Town Council’s Facebook Page and the Keighley Shared Church Facebook Page on Sunday 8 November at 10:30am.
For those who usually lay a wreath at the cenotaph will be asked to lay their wreath between Friday 6 November to Thursday 12 November when the cenotaph gates will be open from 10am and 4pm. Keighley residents can also visit their local cenotaph to pay their respects. Social distancing must be observed at all times.
The people of Keighley are encouraged to observe the two minutes silence on Remembrance Sunday from their own homes. Residents can also create poppy displays in their windows and homes.
Town Mayor Cllr Peter Corkindale commented, “Remembrance Sunday is always a very important time of the people of Keighley. In normal times over a thousand people would attend the memorial service. Even though this year we can’t come together to remember our fallen heroes we can all remember their sacrifices in our own ways.”