Statement on the observance of Remembrance Sunday

Published: Thursday, 22nd October 2020

The following is a statement on the observance of Remembrance Sunday across Birmingham this year, and what that means for local events.

A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: “This year, as the pandemic continues, it is Birmingham City Council’s position that it is safest for people to observe Remembrance Sunday at home.

“The Lord Mayor will be leading by example by taking part in a virtual service, live-streamed from Birmingham Cathedral, which we are encouraging people to watch online – we’re asking people not to come into the city centre as there will be no public event. The decision to scale back the city’s Remembrance Sunday event and to have a virtual service instead is supported by the Royal British Legion.

“Likewise, on 11 November people are urged to remember the fallen on Armistice Day by observing the two minutes’ silence either at home or work – and not to travel into the city centre - as there will not be a public commemoration. 

“We are happy to discuss individual requests with those looking to organise their own events, to share information about the issues and risks of staging events during this pandemic, and the evolving restrictions organisers face. Any final decision would then be made by a multi-agency Safety Advisory Group.”

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