Sunday 8th November is Remembrance Sunday. As expected there will be a low-key approach this year due to COVID and its restrictions.
The Town Council will be marking the day at 11am with a short socially distanced service and the laying of wreaths by the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, local MP Maria Caufield and a Lewes District Councillor at the Memorial Green. Due to the restrictions on numbers gathering, the Council must politely ask that other groups and individuals pay their respects from 11.30am onwards whilst observing social distancing requirements.
A local resident shared their experience of celebrating Anzac Day in New Zealand during lockdown in April this year, where all those who shared this moment of remembrance stood on their doorstep or at the end of their drive as a sign of solidarity. Many households decorated their homes and fences etc with poppies, and these remained in place for several weeks after.
In the absence of the normal gathering at the Memorial Green this year, the Council would therefore like to encourage all Newhaven residents to decorate their windows and gardens in a similar way, and stand on their doorstep or driveway at 11.00am on Sunday November 8th, in remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Council sincerely hope 2021 will see the return of the usual fully inclusive event.