Remembrance Sunday commemorations will be very different this year due to Covid-19 but Torbay Council wants to help residents commemorate the occasion in the safest possible way.

Although for safety reasons, services are unable to take place in their usual format, there are a range of other ways people will be able to commemorate both Remembrance Sunday on November 8 and Remembrance Day itself on Wednesday, November 11.

In common with other parts of the country, Covid-19 cases are on the rise in Torbay. To help prevent the spread of the virus, the council has made the decision not to undertake a full remembrance service and parade this year at the war memorial in Princess Gardens, Torquay.

Instead, there will only be a small service by invite only with limited representatives, who will lay a wreath during the service.

Torbay’s Armed Forces champion, Cllr Nicole Amil, said: “Our Armed Forces have made immense sacrifices, both during the Second World War and in more recent times, so it’s essential that we take every opportunity to recognise what they did for the freedom we take for granted.

“It is with sincere regret that we cannot commemorate Remembrance Sunday in the usual way due to the ongoing pandemic but there are still many ways everyone can show their respect.”

Maggi Douglas-Dunbar, Civic Mayor of Torbay Council, said: “We are calling on residents to show their support for Remembrance Sunday but mark the occasion safely – you can watch the national ceremony live on TV, mark the two-minute silence at 11am from your own doorstep as suggested by the Royal British Legion, or why not donate to them and download one of their poppy posters to put up in your window?”

Leader of Torbay Council Steve Darling said: “Remembrance Sunday is a chance for all of us to remember those who gave their lives, so I encourage Torbay residents to get involved in a safe way from their own homes.

“This year will be particularly poignant for me as my great aunt Muriel was a serving wren in the Second World War, who sadly lost her battle against Covid earlier this year.”