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Remembrance Day in Bishop's Stortford in pictures




A carefully choreographed Covid-secure Remembrance Sunday event was held in Bishop's Stortford yesterday.

Rather than the customary march to the war memorial at Castle Gardens by veterans, serving military personnel, Royal British Legion members, cadets, emergency services, Scouts and Guides and community groups, the commemoration comprised a static parade and a short service.

Some of the hundreds of residents who would normally have lined the streets to pay their respects watched a live stream of the ceremony on YouTubed.

War Memorial, Castle park, Bishop's Stortford. A very different remembrance service for the Covid era. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (43030579)
War Memorial, Castle park, Bishop's Stortford. A very different remembrance service for the Covid era. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (43030579)

Maroons were fired from the top of the Waytemore Castle mound to signal the start and end of the two-minute silence at 11am.

The ceremony was strictly socially distanced and consisted of a limited audience, including 70 places chosen at random from a public draw. From these 70, six people were picked to lay wreaths on behalf of military organisations or groups including cadets; uniformed services; churches and places of worship; schools and children's groups; charities and voluntary organisations; residents and businesses.

A total of 23 wreaths were laid in all. The wreath layers included Bishop's Stortford mayor Cllr Keith Warnell on behalf of the town council and Hertford and Stortford MP Julie Marson. Others were laid on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, East Herts Council, the police, fire and ambulance services, Royal British Legion, the Bishop's Stortford detachment and squadron of the Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps respectively, Bishop's Stortford Scouts, Salvation Army and Stort Valley Rotary Club.

War Memorial, Castle park, Bishop's Stortford. A very different remembrance service for the Covid era. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (43030630)
War Memorial, Castle park, Bishop's Stortford. A very different remembrance service for the Covid era. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (43030630)

When the service ended and after the audience had dispersed, other tributes were laid on the war memorial.

Girls from the 7th Bishop's Stortford Guides painted pebbles with poppies and the names of some of the fallen who are commemorated on the war memorial.

The town council, which organised the event, implemented safety measures throughout the proceedings, including staggered arrival times with a safe route around the site, socially distanced allocated places for audience members, wreath layers and parade participants, and stewards wearing masks or visors.



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