Details of pandemic restrictions at Ballymena Memorial Park on Remembrance Sunday are revealed

The Memorial Park in Ballymena.

TO keep in line with the government’s ruling on the coronavirus pandemic only 15 people will be allowed into Ballymena Memorial Park to take part in the Act of Remembrance on Remembrance Sunday, it has emerged.

The Ballymena Branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) has outlined its plans for this year’s Poppy Appeal and Remembrance Sunday.

By kind permission of the chairman and committee of the Services Club the Poppy Appeal will be held from Saturday, October 31 to Saturday, November 7 from 9am to 5pm in the Services Club Committee Room under the supervision of the Poppy Appeal organiser and members of the branch. The shop will not be open on Sunday, November 1.

Meanwhile, due to Covid 19 restrictions this year’s Remembrance Day will take a new format in that there will be no parade from the Services Club on Trostan Avenue.

To keep in line with the government’s ruling on the Covid-19 pandemic only 15 people are allowed into the Memorial Park to take part in the Act of Remembrance.

The organisers say all associations, organisations and individuals are respectfully asked to lay their wreaths and tributes after the main event keeping in mind the restrictions laid down on social distancing.

Onlookers are not permitted to gather on the Galgorm Road outside the park.

The branch chairman said: “I am fully aware this will be a disappointment to everyone concerned but the health and safety of everybody is paramount.

“Hopefully when a cure is found to beat this virus we can get back to our normal routine. Until then take care and stay safe.”

Anyone requiring a wreath should collect it before 5pm on Saturday, November 7 when the poppy shop will close.

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