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Ashford marks Remembrance Sunday 2020

Published: 11/11/2020

Ashford held a service for invited guests in the Memorial Gardens to mark Remembrance Sunday on 8 November. This was a short service that included the laying of wreaths and two minutes of silence at 11 a.m.

Due to the Government’s current COVID-19 guidelines on social distancing, the Memorial Gardens was not open to the public.

The Mayor of Ashford, Cllr John Link at memorial gardens during Ashford's 2020 Remembrance Sunday service

Ashford Borough Council filmed the event and provided a live stream to enable the public to follow proceedings at home. The live stream was hosted on the council’s Facebook page, allowing residents to tune in via their computers or on a mobile device.

Wreaths laid at the Ashford Memorial Gardens for Remembrance 2020

This was the first time in history, that this year, National Service of Remembrance events was closed to members of the public, in line with the Government’s latest scientific and medical advice.

A member of the armed forces at the Ashford Remembrance 2020 service

The Mayor of Ashford, along with distinguished guests and invited representatives were in attendance to lay the wreaths. There was no procession and wreath layers were asked to report direct to the Memorial Gardens.

Ashford MP Damian Green alongside Mayor and Mayoress of Ashford at the 2020 Remembrance Service

For those who were unable to watch the live stream, an edited version of Ashford's 2020 Remembrance Sunday service is available to watch below: