Remembrance Day Parade

The Remembrance Day Parade is organised by the Royal British Legion and will be taking place on Sunday 14th November from 10:30am.

The parade will form up on Market Hill at 10am before the procession moves off at 10:30am, walking through the town centre towards Castle Street. The parade ends at St Peter and St Paul’s Church where the War Memorial is sited. A rolling road closure, organised by Buckingham Town Council, will be in place when the parade is on the move.

Traditionally crowds gather around the War Memorial to watch the laying of the wreaths, the Remembrance service and take part in a two-minute silence at 11.00am. However, in recent years’ numbers attending have been so large that it was sometimes difficult for all attendees to fully take part. That is why this year, with funding from the Royal British Legion and the Town Council, a large screen will be positioned at the side of the church, allowing those attending who cannot fit around the monument to spread out across the church green and have a clear view of proceedings through a live stream video.

Remembrance Parade Sunday 14th November: new screen to improve accessibility

The Buckingham branch of the Royal British Legion are using funding from the legacy of local supporter Peggy Dale and Buckingham Town Council to fund a large screen at the Remembrance Parade, on Sunday 14th November, this year. The Parade is extremely popular, and the addition of a live feed of the event projected to the screen will allow residents to spread out and watch proceedings from a position further away from the War Memorial if they would like to.

Andy Cooper, Chair of Royal British Legion said that “Peggy Dale was a past Mayor of Buckingham and President of the Buckingham branch of the Royal British Legion. She left a generous legacy to promote the RBL in Buckingham. It is Peggy’s legacy which has helped to fund the Big Screen.”

War Memorial with poppy wreaths

Image showing war memorial surrounded by poppy wreaths

The parade forms up in Market Hill, on Sunday 14th November, at 10.00am before the procession moves off at 10.30am, walking through the town centre towards Castle Street. The parade ends at St Peter and St Paul’s Church where the War Memorial is sited.

Traditionally crowds gather around the War Memorial to watch the laying of the wreaths, the Remembrance service and take part in a two-minute silence at 11.00am. However, in recent years’ numbers attending have been so large that it was sometimes difficult for all attendees to fully take part.

This year, with funding from the Royal British Legion and the Town Council, a large screen will be positioned at the side of the church, allowing those attending who cannot fit around the monument to spread out across the church green and have a clear view of proceedings through a live stream video. It is hoped that the use of the screen will make it easier for vulnerable residents who would like to attend but would also prefer to socially distance.

Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley said that: “This year’s Remembrance Parade and Service will be held on Sunday November 14, commencing in the Market Square. This act of remembrance has become increasingly popular, and it has become very crowded around the War Memorial. We have therefore agreed with the British Legion to fund jointly a large mobile screen, sited on the nearby Church Green, to show the Service live. This will relieve crowding around the War Memorial. This is necessary to enable some social distancing, due to the ongoing pandemic.”

Cancellation of autumn and Christmas events

Buckingham Charter Fair

Buckingham Charter Fairs have been cancelled for 2020. Nichols Amusements have decided not to hold the Buckingham fair in 2020 in light of advice received from the Aylesbury Vale Safety Advisory Group and the Town Council. The Head Showman, Marshall Nichols will bring in one small stall on Saturday 17th and Saturday 24thOctober, when the fair would have been held. This will mean that the town is able to retain the royal charters for the two fairs.

The risks of being a focal point for transmission of Covid 19 are too high for the event to be safe, and it would be “very difficult if not impossible” for this event to go ahead while complying with the health protection regulations. The SAG has written to the Council to say that it the view of the SAG that it would be “very difficult if not impossible for (the fair) to go ahead while complying with the health protection regulations as set out.”

Councillor Robin Stuchbury, Chairman of the Town and Centre Committee said that, “the committee had some very important decisions to make about future events in the light of concerns about whether they could be held safely. We are grateful to Mr Marshall Nichols for the care he has demonstrated for the people of Buckingham. The decision not to bring in the fair this year demonstrates both his respect for the town of Buckingham and the well-being of the families who visit the charter fair each year.”

Bonfire & Fireworks Display

The Town Centre & Events committee met Thursday evening and made the decision that this year’s Bonfire & Firework Display should be cancelled for 2020.

The event which is held in Bourton Park and organised by Buckingham Town Council draws a large crowd each year and as with other events it would be impossible to comply with the health protection regulations.

Christmas Light Switch On

The annual Christmas Light Switch On which is organised by Buckingham Town Council is to be cancelled for 2020.

The area outside the Old Gaol where the event takes place and the number of people that participate as well as number of attendees, would be a focal point for transmission of Covid 19. It would be very difficult to comply with the health protection regulations as set out.

The Town Centre & Events Committee will be considering activities that residents can participate in safely from home in the next few weeks.

Remembrance Day Parade and Christmas Parade

Buckingham Town Council provides the road closures for the Remembrance Day Parade and the Christmas Parade.  The Town Council will also regrettably not be able to provide these for 2020.

The Royal British Legion organise the wreath laying and service at the war memorial and details regarding this will be announced by them at a future date.

The Christmas Parade Committee has already decided to cancel this year’s Christmas Parade due to Covid 19.

Enquiries

Please contact the Events Coordinator, Amanda Brubaker via email at events@buckingham-tc.gov.uk.