RESPECTS were paid to the fallen in a small, socially-distanced Remembrance Sunday civic ceremony in front of the War Memorial Gates at Whitehall Recreation Ground yesterday (Sunday November 9).
Attendance at the short service, led by Rector of Rugby the Reverend Canon Edmund Newey, was limited to ensure compliance with coronavirus restrictions – but residents were able to watch it streamed live on the council’s website.
Following the sounding of the Last Post and a two minute silence at 11am, the Mayor Bill Lewis and other guests laid wreaths at the memorial gates.
Members of the public were invited to lay wreaths from 1pm, and encouraged to respect social distancing when visiting the memorial.
Rugby Borough Council encouraged residents to mark Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day safely at home.
The council designed Rugby Remembers posters for residents to download and display in windows at home – including a poster for children to colour in.
On Armistice Day (Wednesday November 11), the council has arranged for maroons to be fired in Caldecott Park to mark the beginning and end of a two minute silence – 11am and 11.02am.
See above for a video and pictures of the ceremony. All pictures by Peter Realf.
Visit www.rugby.gov.uk/rugbyremembers to download Rugby Remembers posters.