Tamworth’s Remembrance Sunday may have been quieter than usual but it was just as poignant. This year we have had to remember those that have fallen differently but we have done it with the same devotion. And while, across the nation, we saw massively scaled down ceremonies, we also saw more stories and messages of remembrance in social media. In windows of houses, and indeed my office, people made their own poppy window displays and the Royal British Legion put together some excellent activities people could do from home.
Our community too has adapted and ensured we honour those who sacrificed so much. The Tamworth Ladymeadow Women’s Institute knitted poppies that you will have seen beautifully adorning parts of our town. Down in Two Gates, Andy Farrington of Bradley Scott Windows, unveiled a brilliant new mural complete with a soldier portrait, a Lancaster bomber and of course plenty of poppies. It was even better to see it showcased on the BBC’s Festival of Remembrance programme on the weekend.
Due to social distancing measures and keeping people safe, our local Royal British Legion made the right call in not having an official service with people congregating and marching. Instead, people could come to our memorial in St Editha’s Square and lay a wreath. I paid my respects this weekend, and I know we will continue to do so right up to Armistice Day on November 11th.
If you want to take the time to learn about our soldiers, the National Memorial Arboretum remains open for pre-booked visits