Crewe Remembrance Service 2020

Overview

Starts on Sunday 8th Nov 2020 at 10:00am
Ends on Sunday 8th Nov 2020 at 01:00pm

Location

Memorial Square, Memorial Square, Earle Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2BH

Update 3rd November: Following the Government’s announcement that there will be another lockdown beginning on 5th November, in association with Royal British Legion, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the limited service that was planned.

Royal British Legion will lay all the wreaths that have been dropped off at the Council office, as originally intended, but there will be no service of any kind on Memorial Square. Members of the public may lay their own wreaths at a time of their choosing, but are reminded to observe social distancing and lockdown rules.

Remembrance Sunday falls on 8th November 2020, and is a day for the whole nation to remember and honour those who sacrificed their lives to secure and protect our freedom.

The event commemorates the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars, later conflicts such as the Falklands War, the Gulf War, and other conflicts such as those in Afghanistan and Iraq.

This year, despite restrictions imposed by Covid-19, the service in Crewe will go ahead, but will be more limited in scope and smaller in size than in previous years.

If you usually attend the service as a spectator, we are keen to encourage you to pay your respects from a distance instead, and not attend in person.  We will be filming the event and will share the footage online as soon as possible after the event.

Crewe usually marks Remembrance Sunday with a parade and ceremony on Memorial Square. However this year it will be different because of covid-19.  On this occasion, there will be no parade or live music, or refreshments and the service on the square itself will be smaller. 

Two minutes silence will be held at 11 am to remember all those who have fallen. During the ceremony civic dignitaries, ex-servicemen and women, members of local armed forces regular and reserve units will be invited to present their wreaths. 

Usually representatives of community groups and local organisations would follow on to present wreaths too, but this year due to limited capacity for social distancing, we will not be able to include them.  The situation is explained in more detail below.  

Important message to all wreath-layers:

We have reviewed the site plan of the event, and taken specialist Covid-19 advice in laying out how it can happen safely, within the Government regulations.  In order that the event can go ahead at all, it is necessary to restrict the number of people who can participate.  

This means that the number of wreath layers that can be accommodated as part of the service is much less than usual and we hope the public will understand that priority for those places must be give to representatives of military and uniformed groups.

Every year many representatives of community groups, local businesses, political parties and other non-military groups attend the event to pay their respects. The Act of Remembrance is important and we are proud that it is strongly held local tradition.  However, there is not enough space to accommodate the usual number of wreath-layers at the event, so we are appealing for everyone to be as understanding as possible of this unusual situation and would like to suggest the following:

  1. The Royal British Legion are offering to lay a wreath on behalf of anyone who would like to attend but is unable to do so because of the limited event capacity.  Wreaths will be carefully laid before the service, and all names would be announced after the military wreath-laying is complete.
  2. Wreaths can be placed independently after the official service is concluded and the event is dispersed. 

Please note, we will not be able to accommodate anyone just turning up on the day to lay a wreath.  We are having to carefully control numbers so everyone who is participating can do so safely.  If we don’t strictly control numbers, the event will not be allowed to go ahead at all.  

Anyone who would like to avail themselves of the wreath-laying service should drop their wreath off, with the correct dedication already completed, at the Crewe Town Council office before 5th November 2pm.  

Office address is Crewe Town Council, 1 Chantry Court, Forge Street, Crewe, CW1 2DL

Everyone who has been part of the service in previous years will be contacted directly.  

Please be patient while we contact everyone, we are working on getting the messages out to everyone as soon as possible.

If you are a representative of a military or uniformed group, and haven’t been contacted by Tues 20th Oct, please get in touch with Jackie Dow on support@crewetowncouncil.gov.uk

Please be aware that for public safety the roads around Memorial Square will be closed 09:30 – 13:00hrs, so if you are coming to the service you might wish to arrive a little early.  This affects Prince Albert Street and Earle Street (In front of the Municipal Building), but also Hill Street and access to Lyceum Square.  The Civic Centre/ old library car park will be open.

Printed copies of the Order of Service will be handed out on the day and you will be able to download your own copy from this page nearer the event date.

Registration form to request a wreath is laid on your behalf


Please submit all requests by Weds 4th Nov 2020 to allow us time to prepare the list.

If you have any queries please contact us on support@crewetowncouncil.gov.uk