NEW plans are in place to mark Remembrance Sunday in Birchwood after the cancellation of this year's public memorial event.

Traditionally Birchwood Lions arrange a large public event on the Saturday prior to Remembrance Sunday.

But a new format is required in the light of the pandemic to ensure public health guidelines are adhered to – to avoid large gatherings.

Birchwood Lions president, Pam Dyson said: "It is of course a shame that we are having to make alternative arrangements for something so important, but we are living through unprecedented times."

In the week leading up to Remembrance Sunday, Birchwood Shopping Centre staff will be laying wreaths in the memorial garden on behalf of Birchwood Lions, Birchwood Town Council and other organisations who usually attend the Service of Remembrance.

Deputy Lieutenant Dave Thompson will be in attendance to lay the wreath on behalf of Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs.

John Magee, centre manager said: "These alternative plans will still allow us to recognise the sacrifices made by servicemen and women and honour those who lost their lives as we do every year here at Birchwood Shopping Centre in a safe manner, keeping everyone safe."

A minute’s silence will take place at Birchwood Shopping Centre on Sunday, November 8 at 11am.