Leighton-Linslade Town Council has been working closely with the Royal British Legion and All Saints Church on plans for this year’s Remembrance Sunday commemoration in Leighton Buzzard.
Sadly, the Covid-19 pandemic means that no parade will take place this year.
Although a short service will be held and a limited number of wreaths will be laid, attendance will be by invitation only, to ensure it can be done safely. The number invited to attend will be considerably lower than usual to ensure that strict social distancing can be adhered to. The event can only be permitted to take place on this basis for the obvious safety reasons.
As part of the invitation process, there are 20 places available for members of the Royal British Legion (Leighton Buzzard branch) or Forces Veterans living within Leighton Buzzard or Linslade. These spaces will be allocated by random ballot. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else you can do so (before 31 October) by calling us on 01525 631920 or emailing us at email@example.com.
Outside of those specifically invited to the service, any other organisation or individual is welcome to lay a wreath at either the Leighton Buzzard or Linslade War Memorial, at any time, but please avoid 11am on Sunday 8th November and Wednesday 11th November.
All parties would like to strongly encourage Leighton Buzzard and Linslade residents to stay at home this year and to instead watch the act of Remembrance with their loved ones, in their own homes. The short service will be live-streamed to the Town Council’s Facebook page (@LLTCNews) on the morning of Sunday, 8 November. If you prefer to watch the national commemoration at that time, you can catch up on what happened locally by visiting the All Saints Church website from 3pm that day.
Whilst it is sad that the parade and service in Church Square, normally so well attended by residents, cannot take place this year in the usual format, we will do everything we safely can in order to ensure that our community can remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.
Plans are still developing and will inevitably be affected by any further changes in safety guidance between now and 8 November. Please follow the Town Council’s media profiles or website to keep up to date.
VE Day 75th Anniversary
The 8th May 1945 saw Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister at the time, announce the surrender of the Nazis and therefore the end of the war in Europe.
Known as VE Day (Victory in Europe Day), the day paved the way to the end of World War 2 and is celebrated annually; not only for the freedom we all now enjoy, but to remember those who lost their lives or were injured to secure that freedom.
Due to restrictions being in place to address the Covid-19 pandemic, the event to mark the 75th anniversary wasn’t able to go ahead, but that didn’t stop the town from digging out the bunting and celebrating at home.
Here’s how we at the Town Council marked the occasion..
- As part of the celebrations for VE Day 75 the Nation’s Toast was originally going to take place in pubs across the country at 3pm, to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice or were wounded during World War 2. Whilst this was no longer an option, our Mayor stepped up to lead the Town’s Toast via our social media channels, encouraging everyone to join from homes, gardens, balconies and doorsteps.Click here to see the Mayor delivering the Town’s Toast: “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”
- 6:55pm – Plans for Town Criers and others around the world to take part in an international cry for peace at 6.55pm weren’t thwarted, as our very own Town Crier kindly pre-recorded the cry for us so to share with the parish via social media channels. Click here to hear Cry for Peace.
- 9:30pm – Awe proudly floodlit our offices at the White House in Hockliffe Street in red, white & blue to remember all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and to those wounded during World War 2.
Saturday 9th May
Plans to celebrate VE Day with the Rotary Club of Leighton-Linslade as part of the weekend were again, not able to go ahead. However, we were still able to reflect, give thanks and celebrate within our homes and gardens to mark 75 years since the end of the War in Europe and ultimately, World War 2.
The Town Council would like to thank everyone for observing the Government’s Guidelines and staying at home
Sunday 10th May
Services were planned to take place across the country in cathedrals and churches in celebration of the peace which we share today. Instead of this, some of the veterans of VE Day decided to share their stories of what it was like to live and work during World War 2. You can read the veterans’ stories here.
For English Heritage’s full story of VE Day click here.