Following Government instructions designed to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus, the Council has taken a number of steps to help ensure the wellbeing of residents, staff and the wider community

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15 September 2020

Following Government instructions designed to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus, the Council has taken a number of steps to help ensure the wellbeing of residents, staff and the wider community.

In terms of public gathering, the guidance is clear that 'large gatherings should not take place' and it was on that basis that we moved our VE Day and VJ Day commemorations online.

In light of the ongoing situation and in consultation with Royal British Legion and the Police, the Council has taken the difficult decision to cancel public Remembrance parades and wreath laying ceremonies across the Borough on Sunday 8 November.

Councillor Robin Sider, Spelthorne's Armed Forces Champion, said: "We are acutely aware that 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. It is only right that Remembrance Sunday should not pass without being suitably marked and once again we will be resorting to move the commemorations online to ensure public safety and that as many people as possible are able to join with us in remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country."

Christine Bannister, President of Staines Royal British Legion, responsible for organising the parade in Staines-upon-Thames each year, said: "We recognise that this news will be a huge disappointment to the hundreds of residents who attend the event but the safety of our community is our prime concern. I've every confidence we will still have a fitting tribute."

Local councillors and senior council staff will be recorded laying wreaths at each of the Borough's war memorials. The ceremony will be streamed on the Council's social media channels at 11am on Sunday 8 November. Further details will be released closer to time.

The wreaths will remain in place throughout November.