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Coronavirus / Remembrance Day events cancelled

Lord Lieutenant Bobby Hunter and SIC convener Malcom Bell laying wreaths at the Lerwick war memorial in May this year to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe. Photo: Chris Cope/Shetland News

WITH ALL traditional remembrance services and parades cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, people are being asked to hold the two minute silence safely in their homes.

In Shetland, Lord Lieutenant Bobby Hunter and council convener Malcolm Bell will observe social distancing rules when laying a wreath at the war memorial opposite Lerwick Town Hall on Sunday morning.

Local people are asked not to join the low-key event.

Instead, the public are being encouraged to take to their doorsteps at 11am on Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day to mark the two-minute silence.

Chief executive of Legion Scotland, Dr Claire Armstrong, said the latest guidance stipulate that neither national nor local events could go ahead.

“However, we can and must take time as a nation to observe the two-minute silence safely, and ensure we come together in spirit to pay our respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice,” she said.