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Councils urge East Lancashire residents to pay tribute in a safe way on Remembrance Sunday

REMEMBRANCE Sunday services will not be taking place this year as the country continues to fight coronavirus.

Normal services are attended yearly by hundreds to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives in the war, but this year, people will not be able to pay tribute in the traditional way.

Councils across East Lancashire are urging people to mark their respect but to do so in a different and safe manner.

In Blackburn, virtual services from Blackburn Cathedral and St Peters in Darwen will be taking place on Facebook.

As well as this, a Remembrance Sunday light projection will show from November 4 until the November 11 at Blackburn Town Hall.

The Remembrance themed projection will include images of Blackburn soldiers, wartime newspaper archives, local war poetry, and a poppies animation which will light up the town hall.

In Hyndburn, people are being still being urged to take part in a two minutes silence but to do so in a safe way at home.

Councillor Miles Parkinson, Leader of Hyndburn Borough Council said; “This year we would like to encourage our residents to mark these occasions in a different way, to keep our community safe.

“On Remembrance Sunday the usual commemorative services will not be taking place in Hyndburn and we are asking residents instead to join us from their homes in a doorstep two minute silence at 11am, which we’ll signal by the launch of maroon flares in our various townships.

“Those who wish to can go along to lay wreaths at our war memorials throughout the day, providing they observe social distancing rules, and we urge people not to congregate at the war memorials at 11am.”

In Ribble Valley, a giant poppy is to be projected on Clitheroe Castle commemorating Remembrance Day.

The projection, on the castle keep, starts on Monday, November 2, and will continue until sunrise on Thursday, November 12.

The poppy will be visible from miles around Clitheroe, particularly to the North of the town, enabling people to remember the fallen in a socially-distanced way.

Ribble Valley Mayor Stella Brunskill said: “We know these community events are important, particularly Remembrance Day, but the borough continues to experience a rapid increase in coronavirus cases and is vital that we avoid putting ourselves and others at risk.

“Once again, we will be projecting a huge poppy on the side of the Clitheroe Castle Keep, allowing people to acknowledge the fallen safely and in their own time.

“I would like to thank council officers involved in the poppy projection for producing such an impressive and moving spectacle that everyone will be able to enjoy safely.”

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