Remembrance is not cancelled, but we have had to plan events differently this year, to ensure we do so safely, and we are encouraging people to Remember at Home.
Please take a few minutes to watch this video during a period of reflection, reminding us of the various conflicts and how Blandford Forum Remembers.
Sunday 1st November
The Royal British Legion Memorial Service at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission section of Blandford Cemetery in Salisbury Road took place, with a significantly reduced attendance. Photos of the event are available to view here.
Friday 6th November
Local schools have laid crosses in the Field of Remembrance within the churchyard of St Peter and St Paul. However, this year, there was no civic service to mark this event and schools laid their crosses at separate times to avoid creating a gathering.
Dr Michael Le Bas, Freeman of Blandford Forum laid the Victoria Cross wreath on the commemorative VC stone of Jack Counter VC in the Market Place and Terry Clarkson, Chairman of the RBL Blandford & District Branch laid the King’s Liverpool Regiment wreath, on behalf of Jackie Counter (Jack’s great-niece).
Remembrance Sunday – 8th November
With the parade, brass band, troops, and civic church service already removed from the event, the Town Council had been working towards a reduced outdoor service in the afternoon, to include wreath laying by the various local groups and organisations who would usually attend this event. We delivered newsletters to all properties urging members of the public to observe Remembrance in a personal and private manner this year.
However, this reduced service was brought forward to Wednesday 4th November 2020 in light of the Prime Minister’s briefing held on Saturday 31st October 2020 and the new restrictions from 5th November 2020. Wreath layers were invited to lay throughout the week instead of during the outdoor service.
Attendees are pictured below (l-r): Marie Parsons, Standard Bearer; Cllr Lee Hitchings, Deputy Mayor; Gyan Tamang, President of the Blandford & District Branch of the Royal British Legion; Lyndon Wall, Piper; Dr Michael Le Bas, Freeman of Blandford Forum; Cllr Lynn Lindsay, Mayor of Blandford Forum; WO1 Reddy, Blandford Garrison; Lt Col Dyer, Blandford Garrison; Reverend Karen Wilson; Terry Clarkson, Chairman of the Blandford & District Branch of the Royal British Legion; Geordie Thomson, Trumpeter; and Tony Lucas, Standard Bearer. Photo taken by Pat Patrick.
Armistice Day – Wednesday 11th November at 10.45am
Armistice Day is the day which marks the end of the First World War when the guns fell silent. The Mayor of Blandford Forum, Cllr Lindsay will be joining the national two minute silence, from home, at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Cllr Lindsay is pictured below, laying her wreath at the Town Hall memorials.
Wherever you are at 11am, please take two minutes to reflect and remember.
You might like to listen to Geordie Thomson’s Last Post / one minute silence / Reveille from Blandford Camp on VE Day at this YouTube link.
The Royal British Legion also has a recording, which includes two minutes silence on their website.
The large poppies are on display on the lamp posts throughout the town centre (without cable ties this year) and we have banners hanging from the Town Hall windows to mark the notable 75th anniversaries of VE and VJ Day.
You can download the Every Poppy Counts poster to colour in…
Lest we forget
Last modified: November 13, 2020