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Remembrance Message from the Lord Mayor of Leeds

Due to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the risks posed, and in response to national guidance, I regret to inform you that the Civic Observance of Remembrance Sunday Service and March Past held on Victoria Gardens will not take place this year.

We will though continue to remember the ultimate sacrifice paid by those to whom we owe so much. I will be participating in a pre-recorded act of remembrance and wreath laying ceremony with the Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire and the Royal British Legion which will be shown on our Council’s Social Media channels (YouTube, Facebook) on Remembrance Sunday so that we still have the opportunity to pause, reflect and remember from home our brave service personnel who have lost their lives in times of conflict. The pre-recorded Act of Remembrance and wreath laying will be available to watch on the Leeds City Council You Tube channel from 10.45am on Sunday morning by clicking on this link:

We will also be lighting up the Civic Hall, Town Hall and Leeds Museum in red from Friday 6 November onwards and the gates to the war memorial will be open throughout the week of Remembrance (Friday 6-Thursday 12 November) for individuals or families who wish to lay a wreath.

We are all 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.

I do hope that you will join me in remembering safely from home all those who gave their tomorrow so that we could have our today.

“We Will Remember Them”

I send you my very best wishes and hope that you continue to stay safe and well.

Lord Mayor of Leeds

Councillor Eileen Taylor

Tel: 0113 37 88007

Twitter: @LordMayorLeeds

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