Remembering the fallen: Workers begin to lay Westminster Abbey’s field of remembrance crosses ahead of ‘short, focused’ wreath-laying ceremonies during new Covid lockdown
- Matt Hancock reportedly tells MPs only ‘short’ wreath-laying events are allowed
- Remembrance Day ceremonies are under threat from second lockdown rules
- But Downing Street insisted last night that a decision had not yet been made
- The development will add to anger among Conservatives at latest restrictions
Thousands of crosses are being placed at Westminster Abbey today as the nation gets set to remember fallen servicemen and women.
Volunteers are laying more than 12,000 crosses over 380 plots laid out in the names of military associations and other organisations.
But remembrance services are under threat as a second lockdown looms over the UK, with millions facing stringent new restrictions on Thursday.
Work has begun on laying crosses in the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in Westminster, London
Volunteers are laying more than 12,000 crosses over 380 plots laid out in the names of military associations and other organisations
The Royal British Legion is readying the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey which will be officially opened on November 5
The event has been organised by The Poppy Factory since 1928 and in recent years has been opened by Prince Harry
The Royal British Legion is readying the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey which will be officially opened on November 5.
The event has been organised by The Poppy Factory since 1928 and in recent years has been opened by Prince Harry.
Each year the Field is opened every Thursday before Remembrance Sunday and remains open for a further ten days.
But Remembrance Day ceremonies are thought to be under threat from the second lockdown rules.
It was reported that Health Secretary Matt Hancock had told Tory MPs that only ‘short, focused’ wreath-laying events will be allowed.
No 10 insisted over the weekend that a decision had not yet been made, but any threat to traditional ceremonies was seen as a disservice to the memory of those who gave their lives in war.
Remembrance Day ceremonies were under threat last night from the second lockdown rules. The Cenotaph is pictured above on March 23rd
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport said it hoped the national Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph in central London will go ahead as normally as possible this Sunday.
The development will add to anger among Conservatives at the latest restrictions.
Former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith said: ‘What would that brave, selfless generation say, who put up with bombs and death but bravely carried on, to safeguard our freedoms. This decision trashes their memory.’
Under the second lockdown restrictions, people are not allowed to leave their homes unless they have a good reason, such as for work or essential shopping, and they can meet only one person from another household outside for recreation or exercise.
Remembrance Day events that do take place will involve limited numbers and will be short.
On Saturday, the Daily Mail revealed that singing has been banned at the Westminster Abbey Armistice Day service to stop the spread of Covid-19.
A Government spokesman said: ‘We are working with partners and stakeholders to ensure Remembrance Sunday is appropriately commemorated while protecting public health. We will confirm further details shortly.’
Remembrance Day events that do take place will involve limited numbers and will be short. People are seen at the Cenotaph in November 2019
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