The public will not be able to attend live Remembrance Sunday Services in Exeter because of Covid-19 restrictions, it has been announced. Instead a service will be streamed live online.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Exeter City Council, Devon County Council and Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Devon, supported by the 6th Battalion of the Rifles, made the hard decision not to conduct a live public service in the City for the safety of all those that would attend.
This will be the first time that the City Service, which usually takes place at Northernhay Gardens and the County Service, usually held on Cathedral Green, are coming together virtually to mark this poignant occasion.
The Service will be live streamed on the Facebook pages of Exeter Cathedral, Exeter City Council and Devon County Council, from 11am on Sunday 8 November 2020.
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Devon, David Fursdon, said: “In these unprecedented times, it is important that we still remember in a dignified and appropriate manner, those who have given their lives for this country, at the same time because of the need to look after public safety, this year will be a little different to previous years. I will be laying a wreath on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen and we will, as always, remember the fallen in a two minute silence but we will be doing this on our own and not in front of the public, we encourage you all to remember at home. We are also working with Exeter City Council and Devon County Council to provide an online act of remembrance which we hope you will want to see.”
Devon County Council Chairman Stuart Barker said: “Safety is paramount at this time and this joint live streaming of the Remembrance Service ensures that we can still honour those who sacrificed so much for our country. I’m glad that everyone involved in arranging the Remembrance Service has worked closely together to find a way for people who can’t be there to still feel part of the service and observe the two minutes of silent remembrance.”
The Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Peter Holland, says: “During these strange times we find ourselves in, the decision to combine elements of our Remembrance Services seems fitting and continues the trend of communities and organisations coming together in supporting each other. I will be privately laying a wreath on behalf of the Citizens of Exeter and our affiliated Military Contingents, Veterans & Cadet Associations and Organisations, at the City War Memorial.”