Remembrance Day in Kettering on Sunday, 8th November 2020

Published: Thursday, 22nd October 2020

Kettering’s Remembrance Day commemorations will be celebrated a little differently this year on Sunday, 8th November.

Unfortunately, the current pandemic means that it is not possible to carry out Kettering’s usual Remembrance Day Parade and Service safely, and the decision has been made with a heavy heart that these events will not go ahead.

To honour the fallen, who gave their lives so we may have a free world to live in today and tomorrow, The Royal British Legion’s Kettering Branch, working with the support of Kettering Borough Council, will facilitate a short, private Service of Remembrance with specific guests from local organisations laying wreaths.

The event will by invitation only, but it will be Live Streamed on YouTube from 1:30pm on Sunday 8th November 2020 so that the public can watch it in the safety of their own home.

The event will be available to watch live on This is Kettering’s Youtube channel.

The small, private event is being organised in-line with the strict government guidance. Unfortunately, to remain Covid-19 secure, members of the public will not be able to attend the event.

The Memorial Gardens in Kettering shall be open as normal to the Public, who wish to pay their respects in private, before 12pm and after 2.15pm on Sunday 8th November.  The gates to the gardens will be closed in between these times to facilitate the small, private event.  

We are keen to ask members of the public not to turn up at 11.00am, in line with previous custom and practice.  As public safety is of paramount importance, our advice is to make alternative plans this year and to watch the event from home if possible.

We would kindly ask all those who usually take part in the event to stay safe and watch the event online to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Cllr James Burton, The Mayor of the Borough of Kettering, said: “The Remembrance Day commemorations in Kettering provide an important opportunity for our community to pay its respects to those who gave their lives for others. Although the event will be celebrated differently this year to ensure the safety of all residents and visitors, I encourage you to watch the commemorations online to honour this major part of our history and the importance of the sacrifices that were made.”

Ian Hunter, Joint Chair & Secretary Kettering Branch, The Royal British Legion, said: “Remembrance Day 2020 will be very different from past years due to the global Coronavirus pandemic. However, it shall not stop the Citizens of Kettering and elsewhere from Remembering The Fallen of All Conflicts. Their sacrifices made our world possible. As the Kohima Epitaph says “When you go home. Tell them of us and say. For your tomorrow we gave our today”. Remember and Pay Your Respects by joining us online in the safety of your home this year, please.”

Note to Editor

For national guidance on coronavirus, visit: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

The Live stream Youtube channel address is: www.youtube.com/user/thisiskettering