COVID-19 sees Remembrance commemorations scaled back

THE annual Poppy Appeal collection in aid of the Royal British Legion will be changed this year to meet COVID-19 government guidelines.

Poppy collection days will be held over the weekends of October 23 to 25, and October 30 to November 1. However, the usual street collections will not be taking place, and instead there will be a static poppy sale point at the entrance to the Masonic Hall in Broad Street (between The Galley Cafe and The Seriously Good Wine Store). The stall will be a COVID secure environment.

Charmouth will also be modifying their poppy sales in line with these restrictions. If you would like to volunteer to man the poppy table in Lyme Regis, contact Jacqui Ward on 01297 443606 or email her on wardpj1@sky.com.

The public are also being asked to visit the Royal British Legion website and download a printable display poppy for your windows for a donation amount of your choice. You can also request a family poppy pack.

In addition, the Lyme Regis branch of The Royal British Legion will be providing a VE/VJ theme display in the window of the Forge Fossil Shop in Broad Street for the Remembrance fortnight.

The branch would like to offer their sincere thanks to Helen and Dianne from the Forge Fossil Shop for allowing them to use their shop window again this year.

The coronavirus pandemic has also affected plans to mark Remembrance Sunday in Lyme Regis but scaled-back commemorations will still go ahead.

There will be no Remembrance Sunday procession through the town or dedicated church service. However, over the Remembrance weekend of November 7 and 8, Royal British Legion members and local dignitaries, led by the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Brian Larcombe MBE, will be laying wreaths at memorials around the town.

Organisations and members of the public who wish to pay their respects may leave wreaths and appropriate tributes against the town war memorial in George’s Square between 12noon and 2pm on Sunday, November 8 but are asked to observe social distancing guidelines.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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