Telford and Wrekin Remembers
A range of virtual and physical events organised by the Council will be taking place next month across the borough to mark Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.
With Engand now being in another national lockdown commemorative events for Remembrance Sunday and Armistice are having to be cancelled or scaled back. The Council is stepping up its activity to ensure that the borough continues to pay its respects and remembers those who have served and fallen in conflict for their country.
A range of different events are being organised which people can get involved in online and in their own homes.
The programme will include:
• Unveiling of a new commemorative sculpture by Telford sculptor Jacob Chandler in the Town Park’s Maxell Gardens . This has been commissioned and funded by the Council to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE and VJ Day this year.
• The lighting up of a number of key war memorials in the borough’s main towns. Southwater One, The Silver Swallow Bridge and The Ironbridge will also be lit.
• Share your memories and photos of those who served using #TWRemember
Join together as a community with residents standing on their doorsteps for a two minute silence at 11am on Sunday 8 November.
• A live stream of the Council’s own COVID safe Armistice Day event at 11am on 11 November. Residents will be encouraged to watch this and join in the two minute silence on their doorsteps, workplace or online.
Look up to the skies to see an aeroplane flying across the borough with a banner sharing the message 'Telford and Wrekin Remembers'
Residents are encouraged to decorate their homes by putting poppies in their windows. A template can be downloaded here
Council leader Shaun Davies said: “With the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II this year, it’s more important than ever that we help the borough to continue to mark Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day as best we can in these difficult times.
“Due to lockdown restrictions, many of the usual Remembrance events in the borough are now unlikely to happen or will be scaled back, so we are helping to provide some focal points that people can join in virtually at home to ensure that we can all continue to pay our respects .”
Cllr Eileen Callear, cabinet lead for leisure, libraries and culture, added: “We will be working closely with a range of partners including the Royal British Legion on our plans and hope as many people as possible will want to get involved in these.
“The borough has long and strong links with the Armed Forces and it is absolutely right that do what we can to ensure that despite coronavirus, Telford and Wrekin continues to remember.”