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Stand on your doorstep this Rembrance Sunday as Fenland remembers in a different way



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As the pandemic continues to rage there will be a very different look to this year’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations across Fenland’s towns.

But the one theme running through them all is the request for people to stay away and to mark the occasion by standing on their own doorsteps at 11am.

Wisbech Town Council has taken the difficult decision to abandon its plans for a smaller than usual Remembrance Day commemoration amid fears they would be unable to guarantee it would remain Covid-19 safe.

Chatteris Royal British Legion successfully launched their annual Poppy Appeal campaign outside the Cross Keys on Friday October 23, there was a different approach to ensure social distancing. More donations were made than previous years. Poppy Appeal Organiser-Lynda Behagg, Branch Chairman -Norman Lake BEM, Chatteris Mayor- Linda Ashley and RBL volunteer- Caroline Hopper, were the only attendees. (42963599)
Chatteris Royal British Legion successfully launched their annual Poppy Appeal campaign outside the Cross Keys on Friday October 23, there was a different approach to ensure social distancing. More donations were made than previous years. Poppy Appeal Organiser-Lynda Behagg, Branch Chairman -Norman Lake BEM, Chatteris Mayor- Linda Ashley and RBL volunteer- Caroline Hopper, were the only attendees. (42963599)

Town clerk Terry Jordan said: “We have been working over the last few weeks to come up with plans for a ceremony attended by limited numbers of people. However, with the new lockdown and the removal of the rule of six, we feel we can no longer proceed.

“No matter what we say and how much we urge people to stay away there is bound to be some who turn up, and then we could arguably be accused of organising a public event, which is banned under the lockdown rules.

“We would ask people to hold their own act of remembrance by standing on their doorstep at 11am, and anyone wanting to lay a wreath to do so throughout the day, rather than at the set time of 11am.”

Chatteris Royal British Legion successfully launched their annual Poppy Appeal campaign outside the Cross Keys on Friday October 23, there was a different approach to ensure social distancing. More donations were made than previous years. Poppy Appeal Organiser-Lynda Behagg, Branch Chairman -Norman Lake BEM, Chatteris Mayor- Linda Ashley and RBL volunteer- Caroline Hopper, were the only attendees. (42963597)
Chatteris Royal British Legion successfully launched their annual Poppy Appeal campaign outside the Cross Keys on Friday October 23, there was a different approach to ensure social distancing. More donations were made than previous years. Poppy Appeal Organiser-Lynda Behagg, Branch Chairman -Norman Lake BEM, Chatteris Mayor- Linda Ashley and RBL volunteer- Caroline Hopper, were the only attendees. (42963597)

March has seen its annual parade cut to the absolute minimum, instead of having 500 people taking part and 2,000 spectators there will be five people on parade, and again people are asked to stay away and observe the act of remembrance on their doorsteps at 11am.

People wishing to lay wreaths are being asked to leave them in the grounds of St Peter’s Church throughout the day, and volunteers will then safely move them to the war memorial in Broad Street.

Meanwhile Chatteris has made plans for a very small, official ceremony at the War Memorial at 11am with a selection of invited members representing the town and district councils, the MP, the Royal British Legion and the church.

But with the changes and the lockdown coming in, a final decision on whether or not that can go ahead had yet to be made before we went to press.

Tina Prior, a spokesman for Chatteris RBL, explained they were awaiting official guidance from national RBL headquarters.

Should it go ahead the event will be filmed and made available for viewing shortly after on social media.



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