Hinckley’s Atkins Building lit red for Poppy Appeal

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 7 November 2020

HINCKLEY’S Atkins Building is one of the many landmarks in the county that has gone red ready for Remembrance Sunday to support the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal 2020.

The Atkins lit in red lights (Mason Moore for Hinckley Free Press)

Staff members at The Atkins Building lit their historic former hosiery factory building in red lights ready for Remembrance Sunday tomorrow.

The red lights show the building’s support of the Royal British Legion’s 2020 Poppy Appeal in the ‘Light Up In Red’ campaign.

The Royal British Legion made the decision to go digital this year as national lockdowns and restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

How Hinckley residents can remember

Families who would like to show their support for the appeal are able to do so by printing and colouring a Remembrance Poppy which they can display in their front windows.

The Remembrance Poppies can be downloaded from the official British Legion website where residents can place donations if they would like to do so by downloading them and making a donation on the British Legion website.

Although residents are ‘locked down’ as a part of the national lockdown until 2 December, the Borough Council have suggested they stand outside of their homes to remember the fallen this year at 11am on Sunday 8 November for Remembrance Sunday and on Wednesday 11 November 2020 on Remembrance Day.

A virtual remembrance service has been pre-recorded which residents can watch from the comfort of their own homes.

Virtual remembrance service

As we reported just two months ago back on 18 August, Hinckley’s usual annual service and parade to mark Armistice and for residents to pay their tributes to the fallen in the Memorial Gardens will not be going ahead this year.

The decision was made to do so pre-second lockdown when the Council decided it was best for the wellbeing of the public to help protect them amidst coronavirus worries and concerns.

Most large outdoor events across the United Kingdom have been either scaled back or moved online, including Remembrance Sunday services and parades.

A pre-recorded Remembrance service which adhered in line with Government regulations was held by the Borough Council.

The event will be made available to watch ready for Remembrance Sunday on the Council’s official YouTube channel and social platforms.

The service was led by Reverend Gary Weston to mark Armistice and pay tribute to the fallen. The Mayor of Hinckley, Lynda Hodgkins attended the event and representatives from the Borough Council.

Mayor comments on Remembrance service

In a statement, Mayor of Hinckley and Bosworth, Lynda Hodgkins, said: “It is a real pity that this event could not take place in its usual way this year, but it is important we do everything we can to keep infection rates down.

“The Remembrance Sunday service is always a very moving occasion and I was to honoured to be taking the salute on behalf of the borough.”

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