Kedington's Remembrance Day parade cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions
The limits placed by the Government on public gatherings because of Covid-19 have resulted in the organisers of the annual Remembrance Day Street Parade in Kedington, near Haverhill , cancelling the event.
A joint statement from Kedington Parish Council chairman Simon McGuire, Fr Chris Giles, the rector of the Stourhead Benefice, and Kirk Pearson, chairman of the Kedington & District Branch of the Royal British Legion explained the decision.
They said: “Given the current national government restrictions on social and community gatherings the parish council, St Peter & St Paul Church and Kedington District Branch RBL have decided on public health grounds not to go ahead with the annual Remembrance Day Street Parade this year.
“We know that this has always been a significant part of Remembrance in Kedington with the Royal British Legion leading civic leaders and volunteer groups including many youth organisations.
“The parade will be sadly missed, but we are sure you will understand the need to safeguard our community and help reduce the spread of the virus in the coming months.
“We will keep our fingers crossed for its returns in 2021.
“We are now working together to arrange a Covid-19 secure service of Remembrance in our parish church which we plan to stream live via Facebook with a copy available on YouTube later for those who do not use Facebook.
“We sincerely hope that the measures introduced recently are not further restricted so that we can give as many people as possible the chance to join us remotely in an Act of Remembrance as space in the Church will be very limited.”
Further details of the service and wreath laying will be announced in due course.