Huntingdon’s Service of Remembrance

On Sunday 8th November 2020, Huntingdon Town would have been joining the nation in a service of Remembrance to honour those who fought, many making the ultimate sacrifice, protecting us during the World Wars. COVID-19 restrictions have meant many councils reluctantly took the decision to cancel their annual service this year; Huntingdon Town Council were planning to hold a smaller, socially distanced service to ensure we, as a town, remember the fallen during all wars and conflicts throughout the world.
Attendance was restricted to two small groups in compliance with the Rule of Six
Once again, further restrictions meant that we could not risk large gatherings at the War Memorial, so we decided to bring our service forward. On Wednesday 4th November, the Mayor and Mayoress of Huntingdon were joined by the Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, representatives from RAF Wyton, the Chairman of Huntingdonshire District Council, and members of the Armed Forces Associations.
The second group comprised of a buglar, the Padre, and Standard Bearers
With prayers from the Reverend Jon Randall, a full service was conducted as a mark of respect from all of us here in Huntingdon. The service was recorded and will be available on the Town Council’s website and social media pages. Photographs were taken by the Station Photographic Section at RAF Wyton and a member of Huntingdon Branch, Royal Naval Association (thank you Hayley and Graham).
Royal British Legion and Royal Naval Association Standards on parade
Colonel Roger Herriott, Deputy Lieutenant, lays a wreath on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant
The Mayor, Cllr Karl Webb, lays a wreath on behalf of Huntingdon Town
At 1100 on Sunday 8th November, we are asking you to Remember at Home (either inside or outside on your doorstep) and observe a two-minute’s silence as a mark of our respect. As Mayor, I will be at the Memorial this morning to represent our town, but no formal ceremony will take place. We must observe the current government guidelines and keep from gathering or meeting up, but rest assured, the message from Huntingdon is, and always will be, that We Will Remember Them.
The Mayor and Mayoress lay wreaths on behalf of Community Groups