Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions there is understandably uncertainty on whether Ashington’s annual Remembrance Day Service, as well as other Services across the country, will take place this year.
Ashington Town Council works closely with the Ashington Branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL), Ashington Churches Together and Northumberland County Council in organising the town’s Remembrance Day Service. Attendance at the Service has significantly increased in recent years, particularly since the development of the Ashington Memorial Garden which provides a fitting setting to remember those from our town who died in the service of their country.
At the current time it is unclear whether a Service in any form can take place. The Town Council, working with the RBL, local Ministers and the County Council will strictly adhere to all the relevant guidance and instruction in planning any activities. Please check the Town Council’s website for more information prior to Remembrance Day which will take place on Sunday 8 November this year.
We are aware that a number of individuals and organisations in the town may wish to lay a poppy wreath and pay their respects on Remembrance Day whether a formal Service takes place or not. Following social distancing instruction members of the public will have an opportunity to lay wreaths at the War Memorial during the day.
The Town Council will also keep you up to date with arrangements for the Bothal Remembrance Day Service at St. Andrews Church and the Bothal War Memorial.
Please note that arrangements for obtaining poppy wreaths in Ashington will be different to previous years. If you wish to purchase a wreath please call the Royal British Legion on tel; 0345 845 1945.
For more information on the work of the Royal British Legion and this year’s Poppy Appeal visit www.britishlegion.org.uk
For more information on the Ashington War Memorial visit http://ashingtontowncouncil.gov.uk/services/War-Memorials