Remembrance Sunday message from council Leader

This year’s Remembrance Sunday feels very different and we will not be able to gather to pay tribute in the way we usually do.

Instead of the traditional parades and gatherings at war memorials in our towns and villages, we are being asked to “remember at home” to help keep our communities safe as we enter a new four-week lockdown.

This has been a very tough year and there is no getting around the fact that we face a difficult winter, but we are getting through it with fortitude, resilience and good humour in adversity.

People across South Lakeland are constantly finding new ways to adapt to our changing circumstances, and I know that you will rise to the occasion yet again this Sunday 8 November as we remember the sacrifices made by so many in wartime.

Lots of you, I know, will miss the fellow feeling that is so welcome at the usual Remembrance Sunday events. We can still remember and give thanks, though, by keeping the two-minute silence at home, whether indoors or coming out onto our doorsteps at 11am to pause and reflect with our neighbours.

We will be flying the flag at Kendal Town Hall and some of you might be displaying poppy posters in your window.

The famous red poppy paper has been made locally at the James Cropper paper mill in Burneside for more than 40 years, and the Royal British Legion describes the poppy as “a symbol of Remembrance and hope”. Fortunately we do have some hope on the horizon, with a vaccine perhaps early in the new year, but until then we all need to stay vigilant and keep looking out for each other.

Let’s continue with those small acts of kindness across South Lakeland and we will get through this together.

Cllr Giles Archibald, Leader, SLDC