Leeds Council buildings to be lit up in red for Remembrance Sunday during second Covid lockdown

The Remembrance Sunday commemorations will look very different in Leeds this year due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic.

Remembrance Sunday commemorations will look very different in Leeds this year due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic
Remembrance Sunday commemorations will look very different in Leeds this year due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic

Leeds Council buildings will be lit up in red from Friday, November 6 in honour of the brave service personnel who lost their lives in conflict

Leeds will not host the usual service or military parade at Victoria Gardens this year due to the lockdown restrictions in place.

Instead, on Sunday November 8, people in the city are being asked to undertake their own acts of remembrance at home.

This includes observing the national two minute silence and displaying an image of a poppy in their windows.

The pre-recorded Act of Remembrance and wreath laying ceremony with the Lord Mayor, Lord-Lieutenant and Royal British Legion will also be available to watch on the day.

Leeds Council are also encouraging residents to download a poppy image from the Royal British Legion website to remember those who died, along with donating to the poppy appeal as a one-off or regular gift.

Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Eileen Taylor said: “Remembrance Sunday is a time when our city comes together to honour the heroic efforts, achievements and sacrifices made by so many of our armed forces during times of conflict.

“It fills me with great pride to still be laying a wreath as part of a pre-recorded event on behalf of the city as part of this year’s commemoration.

“I would like to encourage the people of Leeds to take the time to remember from the safety of their own homes the ultimate sacrifice paid by those to whom we owe so much.

“I am immensely disappointed not to be able to gather in person this year, but I am sure you will understand that the protection of all those who would usually have taken part or supported the event is our highest priority.”