Whitworth Town Council

Remembrance Sunday Commemorations

Whitworth Remember Despite National Lockdown

Following in depth meetings with Parade organisers, Rossendale Borough Council, the Police, Jake Berry MP and others, Whitworth Town Council regret to announce that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no Remembrance Parades in Rossendale this year.  

In order to show respect for the fallen on Remembrance Sunday Whitworth Town Council are proposing that, those who wish to, should don their uniform and medals (those medals of their forebears to be worn on the right), where appropriate,  and stand outside their front door at 11am to observe a two minute silence.

The Mayor has privately laid a wreath on behalf of the town council at the cenotaph on Thursday 5th November.  During the wreath laying, Mr Dave Tattersall, principal cornet of Whitworth Vale and Healey Band played the last post for the 42nd consecutive year, this year.  The wreath laying has been filmed so that the public can watch along safely at home and be part of our community in their own private remembrance.

Usually the service and procession would attract a crowd of around 700 people, including the local uniformed organisations, Town, Borough and County Councillors, war veterans, representatives of the town’s schools, places of worship and community organisations, Lancashire Constabulary and Fire Service, and members of the public. 

The Mayor of Whitworth, Councillor Lynda Barnes, said: “This year it is with great sadness that I lay the wreath alone but with great pride that our community are able to adapt to the current situation to protect each other.  I look forward to 2021 when we can once again remember together but for now urge everyone to take care of themselves and each other.  On behalf of myself and the Town Council, I thank all who will join in the doorstep silence at home and Dark Room Media who volunteered their time to film the event to make sure that everyone could take part safely at home.”  

Dates: Price:
2020 Remembrance Commemorations
Date: Sunday 8th November 2020 at 11am
Venue: On your doorstep
2022 Remembrance Commemorations
Date: 10:20am at Tong Lane for Procession followed by service at 10:40am in memorial garden