Remembrance goes online

October 23 2020

REMEMBRANCE is being transformed by the coronavirus this year.
The parades in Page Park and Mangotsfield, which together are attended by thousands of people on Remembrance Sunday, have had to be cancelled in light of distancing rules.
And the volunteer poppy sellers who are a familiar sight in the supermarkets of Downend, Staple Hill and Emersons Green will also not be there this year.
Instead the Staple Hill & District Royal British Legion is filming virtual services to be aired on its website, staplehillrbl.org.uk, and Facebook page on Sunday, November 8.
Branch chairman Ian Campbell is organising the services, which follow similar events to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. Ian said Poppy Appeal tins are being sent out to schools and shops that are willing to take them and there may be some outdoor sales.
People can order wreaths, crosses, poppies and pin badges via the Facebook page, by emailing staplehillrbl@gmail.com or calling 07950 104450, and can collect them locally.
The branch website also includes posters to print and display in windows ahead of Remembrance Sunday, details of how to make an online donation and a request that people stand at their doors at 11am on November 11 - Armistice Day - for a two-minute act of remembrance.
Branch president Ian Boulton said: ""Our community will feel strongly that it is important that we continue to observe this important and poignant day of Remembrance. We hope residents will join us online on 8th November by following the Branch’s Facebook page or the Staple Hill and Mangotsfield Residents Group, where links to the service will be provided.”