Nuneaton and Bedworth residents are being asked to mark both Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day in a different way this year – Remember at home.
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, usual Borough commemoration plans for Remembrance this year have been cancelled. To ensure everyone’s safety, the borough council and Remembrance leaders are instead asking people to remember our fallen heroes from their doorstep.
Although there will still be small-scale wreath laying ceremonies taking place around the Borough on Sunday 8th November, they will not be open to the public. There will still be a national moment of two-minute silence at 11am, which people are being asked to honour from home. We are looking into the feasibility of a live broadcast of both the Nuneaton and Bedworth Remembrance wreath laying ceremonies, if these are confirmed, further details will be provided nearer the time.
And although the revered Armistice Parade in Bedworth has been cancelled, the town’s proud tradition will still be suitably honoured. People are being asked to support the two-minute silence at 11am on the 11th from home. To mark the start of the two-minute silence there will be a siren sounded across Bedworth. Once a second siren has sounded to mark the end of the silence, residents are being asked to pay their respects by taking part in a special applause for the fallen.
School children from across Bedworth will also pay homage to Armistice with a large hand-crafted display which will be showcased in the Civic Hall’s large front windows for all to see and admire. Once complete, pictures will be shared on the borough council’s social media channels @NBBCouncil.
Again, there will be a small-scale, private wreath laying ceremony in Bedworth, which will hopefully be broadcast live. For details of this and for other updates in regard to Bedworth Armistice visit the Armistice Committee website: bedwortharmisticeday.org
Councillor Julie Jackson, Leader of the Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council commented:
“I know that people will be disappointed to hear that the usual Remembrance celebrations this year will not be going ahead. The Borough ceremonies have always been very proudly upheld and well supported by local people, however, I’m sure that our residents understand that in light of the ongoing pandemic, ‘Remember at Home’ is the safest solution for everyone.”
Councillor Barry Longden – Armed Forces Champion for Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council added:
“We can still honour those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, but this year we will be paying our respects in a different way. Please help to keep all of our residents and visitors safe by staying home and taking part in Covid-safe activities.”
Ken Whitehead, Bedworth Armistice Committee Chair added:
“We do not want to put any lives at risk which is why we are asking people to stay at home and stay safe. This year we have other ways we can give the fallen the respect they deserve, from home people can honour the two-minute silence and take part in the applause afterwards. Listen out for the siren to mark the start and end of the silence.”
At a slideshow presentation we did for “Weddington Wives” back in 2018, we requested that anyone who would like to share some images with us to bring them along. Vera Collett kindly came along with this selection of photos, they show parts of Coventry Cathedral being built in Nuneaton – namely the High Altar and the large cross that stands outside the entrance – the man in the photos is her husband but sadly, we did not record the name of the Nuneaton firm but believe it could have been The Awson Carriage Works in Bottrill Street
Whatever your age, an evening at the pantomime is a must and brings out the child in all of us. This year we have been to the opening night of Beauty & The Beast, which is this years panto at The Civic Hall in Bedworth.
Making sure we purchased a programme, got supplies of drink, nuts & crisps from the bar we settled down waiting for the fun to start.
The set was colourful with lots of sparkle, there was some wonderful vocals throughout with special mention to Lizzie Sheard who played Rose (Beauty) and to Adam Braidley who played the prince (Beast)
As it is set in France a few french words appeared which I for one did not understand but there was no need to as you could easily follow the story by watching what was going on.
The whole pantomime company gave a sterling performance and we highly recommend you go and watch this panto – the community sing-a-long was hilarious especially the one that mentions the bra !!
Lots of booing and hissing throughout from the very start – oh and there is a high chance you may get a little wet – no matter where you sit but this all added to the fun.
The wicked witch gave a strong performance too and not wanting to give away too much but at the end turns into a french poodle hoping to have many little poodles !
Beauty & The Beast runs until December 28th and the Box Office to book your tickets can be reached by calling 024 7637 6707
We are already looking forward to next years offering of “Jack & The Beanstalk”