Source: Scotland – City of Perth
Perth’s traditional Remembrance activities have been modified this year in light of the ongoing Covid pandemic.
On Remembrance Sunday there will be no Military or Civic Parades taking place but there will be a shortened Remembrance Sunday Service in St John’s Kirk.
Under present Coronavirus restrictions, no more than 50 people will be allowed in the Kirk therefore attendance will be limited to a very small number of invited guests who will join the congregation of St John’s Kirk.
These include Provost Melloy, the Lord-Lieutenant and Perth & Kinross Council’s Armed Forces Champion Councillor Chris Ahern. Senior military representatives from 7 SCOTS, the Royal Navy and RAF will also be invited to attend as will civic figures including the Lord Dean of Guild.
All attendees will require to wear face coverings, unless exempt, and provide their contact details for track and trace purposes. There will be no hymns or singing because of Coronavirus restrictions at the service.
The Service from St John’s Kirk will be live streamed and guests who normally attend the Kirk are being encouraged to log on and watch.
Earlier that morning the Provost and Lt Col Duncan MacKinnon, commanding officer of 7 SCOTS will lay the traditional wreaths at the 51st Highland Memorial on the North Inch.
On Wednesday 11 November Veterans and Military representatives will have an opportunity to pay their respects. St John’s Kirk will be open for one hour from 11.00am to allow wreath-laying but will have a range of measures in place to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
Wreath layers will be invited into the Kirk one at a time, and a one-way system will be in operation. All attendees will require to wear face coverings, unless exempt, and provide their contact details for track and trace purposes.
Also on 11 November, individual members of Perth and District Pipe Band will play a lament through the City Centre.
However this year, two traditional Remembrance activities will not take place. The commemoration of Polish soldiers who lost their lives during the Second World War which normally takes place at Wellshill Cemetery, where nearly 400 members of the Polish Armed Forces are buried. Also the PoppyScotland event at the Mercat Cross will not take place.
Provost Melloy said: “Unfortunately, Coronavirus means this year’s Remembrance Day commemorations cannot take place as normal.
“While we normally have hundreds of people paying their respects in St John’s Kirk, this year only a few invited guests will be able to attend because of public safety concerns.
“However, I am pleased veterans will still be able to lay wreaths for their fallen comrades on 11 November.
“And I know that while this year’s events may be on a smaller scale than usual, they do not in any way diminish the debt of gratitude we all feel for those who gave their lives in service of our country.”