Remembrance Sunday to be marked in Lambeth

22 October 2020

Written by: Lambeth Council

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Lambeth Council plan to hold Remembrance Sunday services on Sunday, November 8 across the borough. This year attendance will be limited to ensure social distancing and to comply with the current Tier 2 Covid-19 infection control measures.

The arrangements are being kept under review, and may change if the level of Covid-19 restrictions alters.

The annual ceremonies, which are held across the UK, honour the service and sacrifice of our Armed Forces community, the British and Commonwealth veterans, the Allies that fought alongside us and the civilian servicemen and women involved in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

In light of current Covid-19 restrictions the public are being urged to do their bit from home this year, either by watching events on television or taking part in a two-minute silence from their doorsteps at 11am on Sunday, November 8.

Cllr Philip Normal, the Mayor of Lambeth, will lead a small Lambeth Town Hall Remembrance Service and Wreath Laying on the day. The ceremony will see a small procession to the African and Caribbean War memorial statue in Brixton where Mayor will lay a wreath.

The procession will then continue towards Lambeth Town Hall where Mayor will also lay a wreath at the Staff Officers Plaque. This will be followed by a short service and wreaths being laid at the Lambeth Officers’ Guild Plaque and the Violette Szabo GC Memorial Plaque.

The Mayor will also host a small ceremony on the day at Stockwell War Memorial and will also pay respects at the Streatham War Memorial. Residents who want to lay a wreath at one of the memorials can do so, but are asked to do so in their own time and in a safe manner.

A separate special fire brigade Remembrance Sunday event is being held on November 11 at Streatham Cemetery for 16 firefighters who were killed in a bombing raid that struck Balham on November 6, 1940. Part of Streatham Cemetery commemorates the firefighters who lost their lives in the attack.

The council is supporting the small event and has arranged for the headstones and the surrounding area to be tidied up in advance of the commemoration.

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Remembrance Sunday to be marked in Lambeth