Residents encouraged to mark Remembrance Sunday from home today

Today (Sunday 8 November), Remembrance Sunday will be commemorated in different ways than usual in Stockport, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Stockport residents are being encouraged to pay their respects at home today in line with national guidance.

On Sunday 8 November, a private civic commemoration will take place. In line with national regulations, we are unable to open the building to the public during the lockdown period. In order to commemorate this important day, we have produced this short film featuring the Mayor of Stockport, Cllr Dean Fitzpatrick, laying a wreath in the Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery. It contains the Last Post and a two minute silence which you may wish to use to remember and reflect on those who lost their lives. It is recommended that you start the video at 10:58:30 for the video to match the two minutes silence starting at 11am.

Working in partnership with the Armed Forces community we want to ensure that everyone is able to reflect and remember safely.
Ways this can be done include:
• Take part in the ‘Two Minute Doorstep Remembrance’ at 11am, which allows the nation to come together to remember those who gave their lives in the ultimate sacrifice.

• Leave a message or tribute on our online book of commemoration

• Get ideas on how to put together an online exhibition of Remembrance or set up a Remembrance space in a garden, as well as much more, by visiting the Royal British Legion website

• Share photos, videos, stories and artwork of commemorating Remembrance 2020 from your home. Please use the hashtag #SKRemembers in your social media messages.

Covid-19 has also meant that the Royal British Legion’s 2020 Poppy Appeal has had to go online, but families can still get involved by downloading and colouring in a Remembrance Poppy to display in their window as a show of support – visit the Poppy Appeal website to find out more and make a donation to the Poppy Appeal.

The Mayor of Stockport, Councillor Dean Fitzpatrick, said: It’s a great shame that we cannot all come together today to commemorate Remembrance Day. But this year, is not like any other year. And as the safety of our residents is our number one priority, we’ve had to make some changes to what we normally do.
“This is still an important time to give our thanks to all who served and died for our country and honour those veterans and actively serving members of the armed services, in what are undoubtedly difficult circumstances.”