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Sheffield’s Remembrance Sunday Moved Online Due to Lockdown

Barkers Pool, Sheffield City Hall and the Cenotaph
Barkers Pool, Sheffield City Hall and the Cenotaph. Image: Sheffield City Council

With Remembrance Sunday falling during the next phase of lockdown in the UK, some of Sheffield’s commemoration activity is being moved online.

Remembrance Sunday in Sheffield During Lockdown

Sheffield City Council have confirmed plans to move some of Remembrance Sunday’s usual activity online.

Crowd restrictions during lockdown mean traditional parades can’t take place as normal on Sunday 8 November.

Instead, Sheffield City Council will stream a commemoration service online to enable city residents to pay their respects in a socially distanced way.

“This year marks the 75 year anniversary of the end of World War Two,  the 75th anniversary of VE Day and VJ Day, as well as the 80th anniversary since the Blitz, I know that people may be disappointed to hear that the usual Remembrance celebrations this year will not be going ahead.

“With the current health climate preventing a parade or large-scale ceremony from taking place, we have had to significantly alter the way in which we honour the service and sacrifice of our Armed Forces, veterans, allies, and the civilian servicemen and women.Cllr Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council

Remember at Home with Streamed Remembrance

Sheffielders will be able to watch the short remembrance service online via Sheffield City Council’s YouTube Channel, and the Our Sheffield Facebook page from 11am on Sunday 8 November.

A wreath laying will take place followed by an act of remembrance accompanied by a lone bugler.

“The city centre ceremony has always been very well attended; however public safety is always our main priority. I’m sure everyone will understand that in light of the ongoing pandemic, ‘Remember at Home’ is the safest way to mark the occasion.”Cllr Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council

The video will be repeated on the same channels at 11am on Wednesday11 November.

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Community Remembrance Services

Some Remembrance Services will still take place in communities across the city.

The Government has made an exception to restrictions to allow some remembrance services to still go ahead. However, appropriate precautions must be undertaken by event organisers.

Places of worship will be required to remain closed throughout lockdown, meaning any remembrance services must be held outdoors and with appropriate social distancing restrictions and track and trace facilities in place.

Sheffield City Council have provided details of how to implement Track and Trace QR codes for such events.

Wreath Laying at Sheffield City Centre Cenotaph

Additionally, Sheffield City Council request that anybody wishing to lay a wreath at the Barkers Pool Cenotaph do so between the 8th-11th November, but avoiding the traditional 11am commemorative service time.

The Council have also stressed that any private commemoration observances must be with members of your own household or support bubbles only.

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