Due to Covid-19 restrictions a decision was reluctantly taken to cancel today’s formal public Remembrance Day Service which was due to be held at the Ashington Memorial Garden.
However, this very important and significant day has not gone unmarked. In keeping with many others across the country a short Remembrance Service has been pre-recorded and is available to view below. The service is led by the Reverend Chris Groocock, from the Holy Sepulchre Church, in Ashington.
Watch Ashington's Remembrance Day Service 2020 by clicking here
Ashington Town Council works closely with the Ashington Branch of the Royal British Legion and Ashington Churches Together in organising the town’s Remembrance Day Service. Attendance at the Service has significantly increased in recent years and it was the agreed view that, as a large public event, social distancing and compliance with Covid-19 guidance could not be safely managed or guaranteed.
We understand that the cancellation of the Remembrance Service will be disappointing to residents and visitors who come to pay their respects. We do hope however that the genuine reasoning is understood at this challenging and unprecedented time and that it is recognised that the health, safety and welfare of everyone has to be our priority during this crucial time.
The Royal British Legion and Town Council would also like to encourage residents to take to their doorsteps on Remembrance Sunday, at 11am, to observe the two-minute silence.
The Memorial Garden remains open all year round and any organisation or member of the public wishing to lay a wreath or other form of remembrance, can do so throughout Remembrance Day. If attending in person to lay a wreath or form of remembrance, please remember and ensure that Covid-19 social distancing instruction must be strictly observed.
The Town Council would like to thank Mr Graeme Wright for his support in recording the Service as well as Ashington Women’s Institute who have decorated the Ashington Memorial Garden with poppies for Remembrance Sunday.
A short act of remembrance and laying of wreaths will take place at the War Memorial in Bothal Village today, at 3.00pm, led by the Reverend John Park. Please note attendance is limited to a single representative from those organisations normally represented.
For more information on the work of the Royal British Legion and this year’s Poppy Appeal visit www.britishlegion.org.uk