Warrington residents are being asked to mark this year’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations from home.

The government restrictions on public gatherings mean that there will be no official Remembrance Sunday parades and services taking place in Warrington on Sunday, 8 November 2020.

Instead, residents and veterans are being encouraged, in line with national advice, to pay their respects by observing the national, 11am two-minute silence at home.

People can download a special poppy design, which can be printed off, coloured in and displayed in windows as a sign of remembrance.

A private ceremony and wreath laying will be held at St Elphin’s Parish Church, attended by a small group of civic leaders, war veterans and armed forces members. For safety reasons, this event will not be open to the public.

The annual Remembrance Sunday commemorations honour those who have been injured or lost their lives fighting for their country.

Mayor of Warrington, Cllr Wendy Johnson, said: “It’s so important that we never forget the sacrifices made by so many during times of conflict. Remembrance Sunday gives us all the opportunity to pay tribute to our brave armed forces, past and present.

While the current restrictions mean this year’s Remembrance Sunday will be different, I would encourage everyone to join the commemorations from home, by observing the two-minute silence and proudly displaying a poppy in your window. Together, we can play our part in honouring our war heroes and ensuring their memory lives on.”