Remembrance Sunday - Remember at Home
With much sadness and regret, Littlehampton Town Council can confirm that the Littlehampton Remembrance Sunday parade and service scheduled for Sunday 8th November has been cancelled. Representatives of the Town Council have been reviewing government guidance concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular social distancing requirements, and the withdrawal of emergency services support for mass gatherings and were left with no alternative.
A small group of representatives will be present to lay wreaths and observe a two-minute silence on behalf of the Townspeople. Members of the public are kindly asked to ‘remember at home’ by observing the two-minute silence outside their front doors.
Littlehampton Town Council has made a donation of £1,000 to the Royal British Legion on behalf of the people of Littlehampton as they face great difficulties with their Poppy Appeal. Town Mayor Councillor David Chace presented a cheque to Derek Moore MBE, Honorary Poppy Appeal Organiser, at the War Memorial.
Derek Moore MBE said: “It is a great shame that we will not be able to meet under normal circumstances, but we still encourage people to show their respect for the fallen at home. The Poppy Appeal will be collecting in the Littlehampton branches of Morrisons and Tesco on Saturday the 31st October and Saturday the 7th November. There are other ways people can help with fundraising from running and walking to baking. Just visit the Poppy Appeal website for ideas and a free fundraising pack. You can also donate via text by texting POPPY2 for £2, POPPY5 for £5 or POPPY10 for £10 to 70545.”
The Mayor of Littlehampton, Councillor David Chace said: “We very much hoped that the situation in the UK would have improved significantly by now. However, it is the Council’s priority to ensure the health and safety of all those involved in the staging and running of our events, as well as wider public health. We urge everyone to support the event by remembering at home and look forward to welcoming you back to our events in 2021. We are supporting the RBL Poppy Appeal campaign to display a poster of the iconic Remembrance Poppy which you can download off our website. Alternatively, you can contact a member of staff on 01903 732063 to pick up a poster from the Manor House.”
Members of the public should follow NHS advice and seek information from legitimate sources such as www.gov.uk/coronavirus