A ‘poignant’ Remembrance Day event took place in Gillingham today despite the national lockdown.
The restrictions meant that just six people made up the so-called ‘civic bubble’ to commemorate the memorial event itself in the town.
These were the president of the Gillingham branch of the Royal British Legion and town councillor Dennis Griffin; parade marshal and town councillor Roger Weeks; mayor Barry Von Clemens; town and Dorset councillor Val Pothecary; the Reverend Canon Peter Greenwood; and Royal British legion standard bearer Allan Bishop.
Trumpeter Liam Carey sounded the Last Post and in a novel twist also later played the National Anthem.
Members of the public had been urged to commemorate the event from home though around 30 people, keeping socially distanced, watched from a discreet distance as the brief but moving ceremony took place at the town’s war memorial under a light drizzle.
Speaking after the ceremony mayor Barry Von Clemens said: ‘My thanks to everybody who enabled Gillingham to remember those who have fallen in wars in defence of our freedom and liberty under these very difficult circumstances of Covid.
‘It was an honour to be able to carry out Remembrance on behalf of the town today. I think it was a very poignant event and very well done.’
Councillor Val Pothecary: ‘It was a pared-down Remembrance service but probably more poignant because of that, particularly in this sombre weather.’