Streamed services, poppy road markings, theatrical broadcasts and more

While government advice currently permits outdoor Remembrance events to go ahead (subject to strict guidelines) despite the November lockdown, COVID-19 has nevertheless ruled out many of the usual public services this year; with people advised to commemorate at home where possible.

As ever, citizens are encouraged to mark the two-minute silence, both on Remembrance Sunday (8th) and Remembrance Day (11th) and the Royal British Legion has many ideas on getting involved; from its annual Poppy Appeal to a Virtual Field of Remembrance.

As for regional commemorations, we’ve rounded up how Greater Manchester is honouring the occasion below.

Kays Poppy
Kays Traffic Management offered to install poppy road markings in several GM councils


From streamed services to poppy road markings and the sharing of wartime memories, you can find how your local council is commemorating via the following links. Please note these were the latest announcements at the time of publishing but we recommend checking again closer to the date as plans this year are naturally ever-changing. 

24 HOURS OF PEACE | Resonance FM | 7th - 8th November

Neil Bartlett’s tribute to 100 contemporary peace-workers is a show of epic proportions; featuring two days of continuous performances from the likes of Julie Hesmondhalgh and Don Warrington, it saw the Royal Exchange theatre stay open for 24 hours in 2019. This year, you can hear the entire show on Resonance FM.

ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE DEBATE | BBC Radio 3| Wednesday 11th November

Broadcast on Remembrance Day, Imperial War Museum’s annual debate will explore how contemporary art has become a lens through which to mark historical anniversaries of national significance and examine the important role that artists play in shaping understanding of our history.

Poppies Wave Iwmn
Artwork such as Wave, which visited IWM North in 2018, can be a poignant mark of Remembrance