Remembrance Sunday this year was directed by the SMDC Safety Advisory Group and covered Leek, Biddulph and Cheadle. Leek Town Council had made the decision some weeks ago that there would be no parade, and any plans for church services were halted by the ‘lockdown’.
It was agreed that the British Legion would go ahead with a wreath laying ceremony, but that it would be made clear that this was not a public event and that the public should be encouraged to observe the day at home. SMDC were tasked with the responsibility of making an announcement to this effect.
LTC’s role was to facilitate the collection of wreaths from local communities and groups, to be laid by The Mayor on their behalf. The LTC office was open in order to receive wreaths.
LTC banners for each of the memorials were installed during the week of Remembrance Sunday. On the day Councillors Matt Swindlehurst, Roy Molson and Ben Benefer delivered the wreaths and helped British Legion officers to manage the war memorial area. Everyone who entered the space for the ceremony had their contact details taken, in line with covid regulations. These will be kept for the statutory 21 days.
In the afternoon The Mayor and Deputy Mayor; Councillors Stephen Wales and Lyn Swindlehurst, attended the Ball Haye Green Memorial where a wreath was laid.