Bishop's Stortford's Remembrance Sunday ceremony goes ahead as ticketed event and will be live streamed on YouTube
A carefully choreographed Covid-secure Remembrance Sunday event has been planned by Bishop's Stortford Town Council.
Rather than the customary march to the war memorial at Castle Gardens by veterans, Royal British Legion members, serving military personnel, cadets and community groups, the commemoration on Sunday (November 8) will comprise a static parade and a short service.
The hundreds of residents who would normally line the streets and pay their respects will be able to watch a live stream of the ceremony on YouTube instead at https://youtu.be/wGkXRPBymJI.
The 11am ceremony itself will be strictly socially distanced and consist of a limited audience, including 70 places chosen at random from a public draw.
A spokeswoman for the town council said: "Successful entries are allocated a space and given a ticket. Do not attend if you do not have a ticket, there will be no access to the site."
From the 70 successful applicants, six people will be picked to lay wreaths on behalf of: military organisations or groups including cadets; uniformed services such as the police; churches and places of worship; schools and children's groups such as Scouts and Brownies; charities and voluntary organisations; residents and businesses.
When the service ends and after the audience has dispersed, other tributes can be laid on the war memorial.
The town council will implement safety measures throughout the proceedings, including staggered arrival times with a safe route around the site and socially distanced allocated places for audience members, wreath layers and parade participants.
Stewards will be wearing masks or visors and attendees are also expected to wear a face covering. Hand sanitiser will be available, all equipment will be sterilised and participants will be asked to confirm they and no one in their household has Covid-19 symptoms, has been abroad or travelled to or from any area with a local intervention in place.