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The memorial parade through Gillingham usually attracts many people from the town.

Gillingham Town Council has asked local residents not to come out and pay their respects at the town’s war memorial as usual for this year’s Remembrance Sunday on 8 November.

Instead, because of Covid-19 restrictions, the council and the local branch of the Royal British Legion will jointly lay a wreath at the  memorial.

And members of the public are being urged to mark the occasion on their own doorsteps.

Already the council has announced that there will be no ceremony to mark the switching on of the town’s Christmas lights this year.

In a statement the council said: ‘November 8th marks Remembrance Sunday and this year will be unlike any we have remembered before.

‘Due to Covid-19 and the current government guidelines the parade will not take place in Gillingham this year; this is to ensure that everyone is kept safe in line with government guidelines. As such Gillingham Town Council and the Royal British Legion RBL Gillingham Branch, is asking that as a mark of respect, people who would normally come to pay their respects stay home this year.’

It continued: ‘Gillingham Town Council and RBL Gillingham will instead conduct wreath laying on the town’s behalf, with the Mayor and a representative of the RBL after a two-minute silence at 11am on Remembrance Sunday.

‘As a mark of respect, you may wish to stand on your doorstep for two minutes silence at 11am. Representatives from Gillingham groups and organisations are invited to lay a wreath on the afternoon of Sunday 8th November in accordance with government guidelines’

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The Last Post being sounded at Gillingham’s War Memorial.
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