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Remembrance Day 2020

6 November 2020

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Lowestoft Town Council is disappointed the annual service at the war memorial on Remembrance Sunday has been suspended due to Covid-19. As we enter another period of lockdown, during which we will wish to remember all the men and women who fought to protect our country, the council and local figures have come together to create a virtual Remembrance service. With words from Councillor Alan Green, Mayor of Lowestoft, Royal British Legion Chairman, Phill Turner and poem readings from students of Ormiston Denes Academy and filming by Joshua Freemantle (‘Life of Lowestoft’), the Mayor asks, “that you observe the rules, stay safe, stay well and do all you can to protect our community the brave and selfless people of Lowestoft fought so hard to protect for you”.

Lowestoft Street

We ask you to join our service which will be livestreamed on YouTube at 10:45am, accessible through Facebook or on our website on Remembrance Sunday, 8th November 2020. 

We are grateful to both Royal British Legion Lowestoft & District Branch, Parade Marshall Kevin Smith, Joshua Freemantle and pupils of Ormiston Denes Academy for making the service possible. You are also invited to listen to a selection of reflective contemporary and traditional poem readings read by the students, including ‘In waters deep’, ‘Why we wear a poppy’ and ‘A tribute to the millions’, which can be found on our YouTube playlist.

We are pleased to announce that a short film, 'Lest We Forget', will also premiere on these platforms on Friday, 6th November 2020. With a poignant insight into the war graves and cross of sacrifice at Lowestoft Cemetery, considerate to the loss of life the town was subject to in both of the world wars. With moving words from Alan Green, Mayor of Lowestoft and with special thanks to Henry Baker for filming, and local historians Ivan Bunn and Bob Collis for making this film possible.

You may also wish to show your respects for the fallen by observing a two minutes’ silence at 11.00 am from your doorstep or by displaying a poppy in your window. Poppy templates are available on the Royal British Legion website.


Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day Community Acknowledgements 

Post Update: 12.11.2020

Thank you to all those who laid wreaths across Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day during these challenging times. In addition, thank you for the positive response and community support from our Remembrance Virtual Service, which was streamed on YouTube on Sunday.

The Town Council are hopeful to return with a full service and parade for Remembrance Sunday 2021.