Dunstable Council Urges People to Remember At Home

  • Dunstable Town Council will not be staging the formal Act of Remembrance at Dunstable War Memorial on Sunday 8 November due to pandemic restrictions.

Following the Government’s announcement of the enforced four-week “lockdown” starting Thursday 5 November, the Council has had to regrettably take the difficult decision not to stage the formal Act of Remembrance at Dunstable War Memorial on Sunday 8 November.

A spokesperson for the Council said, “Whilst Government guidance suggests that remembrance services may still go ahead, they must be staged ensuring social distancing.  This was always going to be difficult for the Council as we could not have controlled the number of people that may have attended the War Memorial (there are normally crowds of 1,000+). The Council was prepared to try and manage this risk before the lockdown was announced, but now believes the risk to be too high and the safety of visitors, invited guests and our staff must remain of paramount importance.  Both the police and the church have supported this decision.

“Instead of the live staging of the Act of Remembrance, the Council will be posting on its Facebook site, ( a pre-recorded Act of Remembrance that will include the marking of two minutes silence; the reciting of the Exhortation by the Council’s Town Clerk and Chief Executive, David Ashlee; the reciting of the Kohima by previous Town Mayor Terry Colbourne; wreath laying led by Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Cynthia Gresham; Dunstable Town Mayor, Councillor Peter Hollick and Chairman of Central Bedfordshire Council, Councillor Brian Saunders ending with a Prayer of Remembrance given by the Reverend Rachel Phillips.

“The Council hopes that all residents of Dunstable will understand why this difficult decision has been made and encourages everyone to “Remember at Home” and to stay safe during this very difficult period.”

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