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How Remembrance Sunday will be marked in Neath Port Talbot this year

Remembrance Sunday will look a bit different this year in Neath Port Talbot due to the current coronavirus guidelines.

As part of the Welsh Government’s latest lockdown restrictions, mixing between other households is not allowed but an exception has been made for small Remembrance Services on November 8.

The First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford said the events held annually by local authorities, the British Legion and other groups to pay tribute to those who have fought and died in war can take place because they are “more important than ever… during a period where further sacrifices are being asked of us all”.

A maximum of 30 people can meet outside for Remembrance Sunday events but indoor services are not allowed. Faith leaders will be able to enter places of worship to broadcast an act of worship but without a congregation.

The government is advising people to pay their respects to those who fought and died in war by standing on their doorsteps at 11am on Sunday November 8 for an at-home, two-minute silence and watch national remembrance services on television.

According to local authorities, this is how Remembrance Sunday will be marked in Neath Port Talbot this year:

Briton Ferry

Briton Ferry Town Council has cancelled its Remembrance Service and Parade due to the ‘firebreak’ lockdown guidelines.



Briton Ferry War Memorial. The town council has cancelled this year’s Remembrance Service and Parade due to the coronavirus guidelines.

Coedffranc

There will not be a Remembrance Sunday event at the cenotaph at Carnegie Hall this year.

Town clerk, of Coedffranc Town Council Wendy Thomas said although the annual event is “very well attended” the council does not have the capacity to ensure members of the public will be able to maintain social distancing.

Glynneath

Glynneath Town Council has decided not to hold a Remembrance Sunday event in 2020 due to coronavirus regulations.

Neath

Neath Town Council said there will not be a Remembrance Parade this year out of concern for public safety.

A statement issued by the council said: “The annual parade which flows through the town centre is a well supported event and brings the community together to commemorate the sacrifices of many.

“Due to the ongoing local restrictions [and] the rise in Covid cases locally, the parade has been cancelled to ensure public safety.”

For those who still want to show their support, the town council recommends residents put poppies in their windows from November 6 to 13.

Pontardawe

A spokesperson for Pontardawe Town Council said “there are no plans” for a Remembrance Parade to take place this year following the announcement of the Welsh Government’s ‘firebreak’ lockdown.

However, the Royal British Legion and St Peter’s Church, Pontardawe, filmed a small parade before lockdown, to add to the church service video for Remembrance Sunday.

Tonna

There will be a 15 to 20-minute wreath-laying service with selected numbers in Tonna on Sunday, November 8.

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