Virtual affair for Northampton’s Remembrance Day 2020

Northampton’s Remembrance Day 2020 commemoration on 8 November will be virtual in light of Covid-19, but the public can still play an important role in commemorating our Armed Forces’ sacrifices from home.

“Remember from Home” is Northampton Borough Council’s message to the town, which will host a packed programme of events that will be streamed live in the morning.

The town’s Remembrance Day 2020 schedule will kick off with a pre-recorded broadcast of a socially distanced parade from the Northampton Army Reserves at their headquarters on Clare Street.

Due to government guidelines, a strictly invite-only service will then take place at All Saints Church led by Father Oliver Coss – this will be broadcast live for viewers at home.

A two-minute silence will be observed at 11am in tribute to those who lost their lives fighting for their country.

This is followed by a Northampton Remembers video montage featuring contributions from the public, Armed Forces and Royal British Legion, among others.

Councillor Brian Sargeant, Mayor of Northampton, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in delivering a worthy commemoration of our veterans past and present during these unprecedented times.

“Usually there are thousands gathered at the Memorial Gardens to mark Remembrance Day.

“This year we are sorry the public cannot attend the service, but hope they will still participate by sending us videos commemorating those who lost their lives due to war, so we can honour them proudly.”

Father Oliver Coss, Rector of All Saints Church, said: “Remembrance 2020 will be a very difficult occasion for the thousands who would usually gather at All Saints’ Church to pay their respects.

“While it won’t be possible for most people to attend this year, it most certainly won’t be cancelled, and those we honour will most certainly not be forgotten.

“I very much hope that those who usually come in person will join us in spirit as we mark, albeit radically differently, this solemn occasion.”

Members of the public who would like to submit videos, photographs or memories in honour of local veterans can do so by emailing Remembrance2020@northampton.gov.uk