Commemorations for Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day will sadly be without its usual parades in 2020 due to the pandemic, but people around Hyndburn are planning alternative ways of showing their respect for the service and sacrifice of our Armed Forces community. This includes a doorstep silence on Remembrance Sunday, the start and end of which will be marked by maroon flares across the borough. Many people are displaying pictures of poppies in their windows or will be privately laying wreaths at our war memorials over the period on and between Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day, making sure they observe social distancing in line with national rules.
The Council has commissioned new architectural lighting on the Mercer Memorial Clock Tower in Great Harwood. This means it can alter the colour of the lighting to mark different occasions. The clock tower will be illuminated in red on the evenings of 8 and 11 November to mark Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day respectively.
Council Leaders Miles Parkinson OBE said;
“The Council and the Royal British Legion would like to encourage as many people as possible to pause at 11:00am and reflect on the sacrifices of our service men and women from conflicts past and present. For those who would still like to lay a wreath at a memorial, please wait until after 11:30am but avoid any crowding around memorials.”