Armistice organisers in Bedworth have pledged to bring the famed ‘poppy drop’ to people across the town – as they urge them to stay at home to remember the fallen.
Traditionally there is normally a parade and also a poppy drop over the cemetery, where the Remembrance service takes place on November 11.
“We are asking people to stay at home to remember, so we are taking the poppy drop to them,” explained Ken Whitehead, chairman of the parade committee.
“Instead of having the poppy drop over the cemetery, we are asking them to drop the poppies across the whole town.
“We hope that everyone gets a poppy or at least sees one.”
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Every year the event attracts thousands of people as it is the largest event of its kind outside London.
But due to coronavirus restrictions, the decision was taken to cancel the parade.
However, the town that has proudly never forgotten since 1923 will uphold its tradition.
Parade committee members have arranged for 19,000 special fliers to be distributed to homes across the town
Mr Whitehead told CoventryLive that they are asking everyone in the town to join in by putting the fliers in their windows.
They also want people to take part in a two-minute silence at 11am followed by a two-minute round of applause on their doorsteps.
“We want people to stay at home, we can’t have people turning up, but we still want them to be able to uphold the Armistice Day tradition,” he said.
“We have 19,000 fliers that we are distributing over the next two to three weeks.
“The response has been enormous, so many people have contacted us to ask for one or to offer help to distribute them.”
Mr Whitehead was keen to thanks those who have made the flyer plan come to fruition, including Coventry Building Society’s Bedworth branch and also Stuart Plumbing.
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