Sunderland's Remembrance Parade and service goes online

Remembrance

Sunderland's Remembrance commemorations are going online this year.

In light of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and national and local government restrictions, the City Council has decided not to go ahead with the annual city centre Remembrance Service and Parade.

It will instead be hosting an online service on Sunday 8 November to allow residents to pay their respects, including the two-minute silence at 11am. Further details will be released soon.

Council Leader, Councillor Graeme Miller, said: "I understand that this will be disappointing for all those who take part in the parade each year and the thousands of visitors who come to pay their respects. But the safety and welfare of our residents and visitors has to be our priority during this crucial time."

To compliment the online service, the council has begun creating a series of short films that will reflect on what the act of Remembrance means to the people of Sunderland.

Cllr Miller added: "These films feature the general public, notable members of the community and those connected to our armed forces.  We hope they will capture the real sense of pride our community has in all those who have served and still serve."

The council is also strongly advising anyone who has previously planned and delivered local events across the city on Remembrance Sunday or Armistice Day, that they must review national and local government restrictions carefully.  And they must make sure that any plans they have comply with these guidelines.

Sunderland City Council will not be permitting any events to take place on council land or the highway on Sunday 8 and Wednesday 11 November and will not permit the closure of any roads in the city. 

Information on the latest government restrictions and advice regarding events and social gatherings can be found here www.gov.uk/coronavirus and information regarding local restrictions can be found here www.sunderland.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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L.S. Lowry spent his holidays in Sunderland at Seaburn, painting scenes of the coast, port and coal mines. The city is the home to one of the best collections of L.S. Lowry paintings in England.

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