Announcement regarding Remembrance Sunday in Birmingham

Published: Wednesday, 7th October 2020

Birmingham’s annual Remembrance Sunday service will look very different this year, due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic.

While there will be no public event in the city centre, people looking to remember the fallen will be able to watch a live-streamed Service of Remembrance from Birmingham Cathedral (St Philip’s) on 8 November at 10.45am.

The service, for a small group of invited guests, will be significantly scaled back with far fewer official participants to ensure it can take place safely.

This means there will be no service or military parade on Colmore Row, so instead people are being urged to carry out their own acts of remembrance at home or school – and to share online using hashtag #BhamRemembers.

Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Mohammed Azim, said: “It is very sad we are unable to gather together for the city’s annual Remembrance Sunday, but we will still remember the fallen who sacrificed so much.

“As the pandemic continues, nobody would be expecting thousands to gather for our usually large, public service with many elderly people – including veterans – who are more vulnerable to coronavirus.

“Instead I’m asking Birmingham’s citizens to watch the live-streamed service from St Philip’s Cathedral and take time to remember the men and women who died while serving their country.

“For the same safety reasons the cathedral service cannot be a public event, please pay your respects at home and do not come into the city centre. We will remember them, wherever we are.”

Gillian Guy, County Chairman of Warwickshire and Birmingham Royal British Legion, added: “We fully understand why Birmingham has had to scale back its Remembrance Sunday event and support the decision to have a virtual service instead. 

“Given the large numbers usually involved, it is the right thing to ask people to stay at home in the interests of public safety – and I hope they will still tune in to watch the live-streamed service.”

Individuals and organisations that wish to have a wreath laid at the Hall of Memory on Sunday 8 November can deliver them to the Council House (Gatehouse entrance) between Monday 2 November and Friday 6 November and they will be laid on their behalf.

Further details of the service and how people can watch the live stream will be announced nearer the time.

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