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Cheltenham adapts remembrance service for lockdown

Cheltenham Borough Council has adapted its commemoration of Remembrance Sunday with people urged to mark the occasion from home.

Due to coronavirus lockdown restrictions, a short, closed service will be held at the War Memorial featuring the Mayor of Cheltenham Councillor Roger Whyborn and a standard bearer from the Royal British Legion.

They will lay a wreath and observe the two-minute's silence at 11am on Sunday with a small number of invited wreath bearers laying wreaths at two-minute intervals.

Members of the public are encouraged to watch the ceremony on the Cheltenham Borough Council YouTube channel.

Councillor Whyborn said: "Seventy five years on from the end of the Second World War, it seemed to us especially important to remember those who sacrificed with their lives, to uphold the values of freedom and democracy, in spite of the practical limitations created in 2020 by coronavirus.

"Freedom and democracy are things we value and prize and must never take for granted."

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