View the videos from the Service of Remembrance 2020 below.
Leighton-Linslade Town Council would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s Remembrance Sunday commemoration.
The Council worked closely with the Leighton Buzzard branch of the Royal British Legion, All Saints Church and St Barnabas Church in order to ensure that a Covid-safe commemoration could take place. Church Square was closed to traffic to allow 48 people into the square with 2m social distancing. Face coverings were worn until everyone was in place. In addition to representatives of both councils and many uniformed organisations, we were delighted to be able to invite a number of veterans and Royal British Legion members to attend, following the ballot held last month.
Wreaths were laid following the national two minute silence and the brief service of remembrance, led by Rev. Cate Irvine, was live-streamed to the Town Council’s Facebook page. The service also recognised that 2020 marks the centenary of the town’s iconic War Memorial.
Following the Leighton Buzzard service, an Act of Remembrance took place at Linslade War Memorial in the Linslade Garden of Remembrance, led by Father Bernard Minton. Wreaths were laid and prayers said.
We would like to thank all those residents who stayed at home to remember, reflect and to watch the service remotely.
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.