Remembrance parade has been cancelled in Barnsley
Written by Rother Radio News on 12/10/2020
A Remembrance Day service and parade in Barnsley has been abandoned this year by the Royal British Legion amid fears it could add to the coronavirus pandemic.
The move is described as “regrettable” in an area where the ceremony is well attended by those wanting to pay respects to those who died in the two world wars and other conflicts, including Afghanistan.
The Hoyland event normally features a parade from St Peter’s Church in Hawshaw Lane to the war memorial for wreath laying before continuing to the centre of Hoyland, attracting so many people want to pay their respects that road closures are usually put in place to allow those attending to pass.
However, the Hoyland branch of the Royal British Legion have this year decided to pull out, inviting people to lay their own wreaths privately at the memorial, while observing social distancing rules.
They explained: “Whilst it is important we remember those who have given their lives, the Royal British Legion also strives to protect and improve the lives of the living.
“Regrettably therefore, this year we had to make the unusual decision not to take part in this year’s Hoyland communities act of remembrance due to the government guidelines on Covid 19 and social distancing.
“We are all fighting a war on a different front at the moment and we must all adhere to the guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
“We can all carry out our own acts of remembrance and the RBL along with Barnsley Council will be streaming a pre-recorded ceremony which will include the local war memorial.
“The details will be issued nearer the time.”
The Covid-19 pandemic has already claimed victims in memorial events to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two, both VE Day in May and VJ Day in August.