Whole Leeds streets comes out to mark socially distanced Remembrance Sunday

Residents of a Kippax street joined together to mark Remembrance Sunday in a safe and socially distanced way.

By Joe Cooper
Sunday, 8th November 2020, 7:52 pm
Updated Sunday, 8th November 2020, 8:26 pm

Homeowners in The Rise adorned their properties with wreaths and poppies to mark the important day during Covid times.

It was a chance for the neighbours to come together to honour those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Jo Heywood said residents of the cul-de-sac had become much closer during lockdown.

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Residents of The Rise mark Remembrance Sunday.

The pub landlady, who runs The Gaping Goose in Garforth, is used to going to a war memorial to mark Remembrance Sunday

"This year we can't do this due to the current situation," she said.

"We have been on our street just over two years and in that time the street has become family - especially in the first lockdown.

"We have all started to share moments together - like on Bonfire Night we all wrapped up and stood at the end of our drives and watched the beautiful sky.

Poppies adorning fences in the cul-de-sac.

"Looking around it gave us all a memory we will never forget."

Thinking of shared memories during lockdown, Jo wanted to mark Remembrance Sunday in a similar way.

She said: "At this moment in time we are all feeling 'sorry for ourselves', but we are only here due to one reason - the 11th of November, 1918."

She added: "We remembered those we have lost, but we have also gained - we have friends that have become family."

The whole street got in the spirit.

The whole street joined in, with people contributing different elements to the day.

Local business Claire's Cakes for all Occasions supplied sweet treats.

After the two minutes' silence and the raising of a flag, the neighbours sat in their gardens and got to know each other even more.

Jo added: "I live by what my nanna used to say - 'you cannot see the stars without darkness'.

"We are going to continue to join together as a street - our family - to make memories."

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