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Aberdeenshire Council call a halt to Huntly Remembrance day wreath laying

By Pat Scott

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PLANS for an informal wreath laying ceremony in Huntly on Sunday have been called off.

Aberdeenshire Council has said there can be no public events because of social distancing regulations.

They say that it is not safe for people to gather to watch the traditional services.

Huntly Ex Servicemen's Club had planned a low key event without the traditional parade but where local organisations would have laid their poppy wreath tributes as usual but called it off following the council ruling late last week..

The only Remembrance Day events which can go ahead will be within a place of worship adhering to Scottish Government guidance.

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman said: "We recognise the cancellation of events this year will be deeply disappointing for all who were due to take part, but this decision has been based on expert advice to protect the health and well-being of those who would have been travelling to and participating in events.

"Under the new framework, outdoor events of more than six people from two different households are not permitted in Aberdeenshire under Level 2 restrictions. This means that organised local Remembrance events will not be able to take place unless they are held within a place of worship.

"We would encourage residents to step onto their doorsteps and mark the national two-minute silence and place a poppy in a front window to remember the sacrifices of those individuals which ensured the relative peace and freedoms we enjoy today."

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