Coventry’s in-person Remembrance Sunday ceremony cancelled

Instead, digital commemorations will be held by the Council with a pre-recorded message broadcast online.

Coventry will this year host online commemorations on Remembrance Day to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

Civic and faith leaders have taken the joint decision in light of social distancing guidelines and Coventry’s heightened Tier 2 – high – COVID alert level.

The decision mirrors those taken by other councils across the country.

As part of the digital commemorations, a pre-recorded message will be broadcast on the Council’s website on Remembrance Sunday to mark 75 years since the end of the Second World War.

The online broadcast will be a tribute to all those who lost their lives to keep other safes while serving on the frontline and home front, replacing the usual annual event held on the steps of The Cenotaph at the War Memorial Park.

The Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Ann Lucas, expressed her sadness that the decision had to be taken to cancel in-person events, but called it “the right decision”.

She said: “With the threat of COVID-19 still very much in our city, we must do all we can to protect people, especially the vulnerable.

“However, as a city of peace and reconciliation, we are determined that COVID will not prevent us marking the day and honouring those who gave so much.”

The digital event will run on the morning of 8 November, from 10:50 am to 11:15 am, and will include the national Two Minute Silence.

Leader of the Council, Councillor George Duggins, explained that “it may be a different event, but the message of remembrance will be as strong as ever and I hope people will join us to pay their own personal tributes and support that of the city.”

The Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth, the 9th Bishop of Coventry, said in a statement: “This year we will not be able to stand side by side in the War Memorial Park, but we can still be together in spirit and remember, and show that we will honour their sacrifice by continuing our work for peace.”

Despite the cancellation of the in-person events, wreaths will still be on display all-day on Remembrance Sunday at The Cenotaph.

Coventrians are still welcome to visit, lay their own tributes and pay their respects in person, but are asked by the Council to be respectful of Public Health guidelines.