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Havering’s Armed Forces Day parade cancelled due to Covid-19

People in Romford paid tribute to the British Armed Forces community in 2019 (credit: Havering Council)

Havering Council has confirmed this years Armed Forces Day parade has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

“I am saddened but not surprised by the intention to postpone Havering Armed Forces Day Parade and I must confess I am relieved by the decision,” said Councillor Denis O’Flynn, Member Champion for the Armed Forces. 

“I have already spoken to several ex service men and women and they had expressed the hope that common sense would prevail this year and the parade cancelled in the interest of safety.

“Normally when we meet the is a lot of handshaking, backslapping and other forms of greeting as many of these old warriors come long distances like Rochester, Hackney and Southend.”

Instead of the usual parade, Havering Council will be hosting celebrations on its Facebook page.  

Residents are being encouraged to take part by emailing the council photos and videos of themselves saluting to events@havering.gov.uk

These will be shared on the council’s social media pages to pay tribute to the hard work of the British Armed Forces community who help keep us all safe. 

“We are incredibly proud of our armed forces and it’s important that we still show our appreciation to them as best we can, so Havering Council will be marking the day with an online celebration of readings and performances,” said Leader of Havering Council, Councillor Damian White. 

“A virtual flag-raising ceremony will take place prior to the day to mark the celebrations and show the Council’s support.”

“Each year this special occasion receives an incredible response from people across Havering, and whilst we must celebrate differently this year, our appreciation for our armed forces in keeping us safe remains as strong as ever.”

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