Oxford City Council will host the city’s Remembrance Sunday service on its social media platforms this year, after the in-person event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Remembrance Sunday, which takes place on the second Sunday in November, is normally marked in Oxford with a parade and remembrance service at the War Memorial in St Giles’.
It is one of the largest and most cherished events in the city’s calendar, and hundreds of residents turn out and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with current and former service personnel to remember the fallen of past wars.
Sadly, this year’s event will not be able to take place due to the coronavirus pandemic and the Government’s guidelines on social gatherings.
Instead, the City Council will host a pre-recorded remembrance service on its social media platforms – including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – just before 11am on Sunday 8 November 2020.
Further details will be released nearer the time.
The Remembrance Sunday service at St Giles’ War Memorial is normally organised by the Oxford Branch of the Royal British Legion, supported by the City Council.
“The decision to call off this year’s parade has been an extremely difficult one. It has been a fixture in Oxford’s calendar for many years without fail. But these are unprecedented times and our first priority must be the safety of residents and honoured guests.”
The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Craig Simmons.
“The Oxford City Group of the Royal British Legion and Oxford City Council have together made the hard decision to call off this year’s parade and service in St Giles’, the ongoing safety of our members and the public has to be our number one priority. Please don’t forget to still support us this year and buy a poppy as we will still remember them.”
Mike Henderson, President of the Oxford City Branch of the Royal British Legion.