OSWESTRY Town Council has confirmed that there will not be a Remembrance Sunday parade through the town this year, because of Covid-19.

Alternative plans for marking the day had been discussed at a recent full town council meeting, and it was accepted that councillors would work with the local Royal British Legion (RBL) to organise an event.

Town clerk Arren Roberts says that while members of the public can not be stopped from paying their respects, he is hoping people in Oswestry follow the RBL's online commemorations.

"This year, the 2020 Remembrance Sunday will be commemorated in Oswestry but in a different way than usual because of the Covid-19 pandemic," said Mr Roberts.

"In line with the wishes of the local RBL, national advice and the government guidance on gatherings, there will be no parade or church service taking place on Sunday, November 8.

"The intention is to hold a scaled back remembrance commemoration at the Memorial Gates with limited numbers.

"While there are no power to prevent attendance by others and members of the public, in line with the RBL’s national message of ‘Remembering from Home’ they will be discouraged to do so.

"Communication will focus on encouraging people to pay their respects at home by observing the national two-minute silence and following special Council videos, pictures and social media coverage.

"Recognising that others may wish to pay their respects at the Memorial Gates, there will be an opportunity for those associated with the forces to lay wreaths between 11.30-11.45am and for community organisations, between 11.45am and 12noon.

"The organising committee recognise that this will not be welcomed news for some; however in line with the wishes of the local RBL public health must take priority."