Falmouth is to get this year’s Remembrance events in the town underway next weekend – although there will be some major changes to how things are run.

Falmouth Town Council has been working with the Falmouth Royal Navy Association to plan this year’s programme, which due to the continuing coronavirus restrictions will see some elements cancelled or reduced in numbers.

Sadly there will be no Remembrance Sunday parade on November 8, although the annual service of remembrance will still take place at the war memorial in Kimberley Park from 11am, but for invited guests only.

This will be limited to 30 people, in line with government guidelines. The council said: “If any members of the public attend the park to observe the service they are requested to observe social distancing and the current government guidelines of not gathering in groups of more than six.

“Should any organisations who are not part of the civic party or members of the public wish to lay a wreath they will have the opportunity to do so after the service.”

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There will be far fewer people at this year's service in Kimberley Park. Photo: Colin Higgs

There is a plan to film the service so that it can be viewed on the town council’s Facebook page.

On Armistice Day itself, Wednesday November 11, mayor Steve Eva and a small civic party will meet on the Prince of Wales Pier to observe the two minutes’ silence.

Members of the public are once again asked to observe the same rules as on Remembrance Sunday, with the council adding: “Should there be any changes to government guidelines which will affect the annual services of remembrance a further press release will be issued.”

This year’s commemorations will begin next Saturday, October24, when the first poppy will be laid at the war memorial at Kimberley Park, at 11am – once again in line with current government guidelines for invited civic guests only.