Prime Minister Boris Johnson lays a wreath of remembrance at Uxbridge War Memorial in west London, ahead of Remembrance Sunday 071120 CREDIT PA.jpg
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Prime Minister Lays Wreath Ahead Of Remembrance Sunday

Boris Johnson laid a wreath at Uxbridge War Memorial.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson lays a wreath of remembrance at Uxbridge War Memorial in west London, ahead of Remembrance Sunday 071120 CREDIT PA.jpg

The Prime Minister has laid a wreath in his constituency as the country prepares to mark Remembrance Sunday differently this year.

Boris Johnson paid his respects to the war dead at Uxbridge War Memorial in west London at a low-key event on Saturday.

With social distancing restrictions in place across the UK and a full lockdown in England, the UK Government has encouraged councils to ensure remembrance services are short, entirely outdoors, and held in front of limited numbers.

Churches in England, while open, cannot host services due to a ban on communal worship during the four-week national lockdown to tackle the spread of coronavirus.

Event organisers in some parts of the country are replacing the usual parades and public commemorations by asking people to pay their respects on their doorsteps in order to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19.

The Royal British Legion is encouraging people to download a poppy and donate online after announcing that “for the first time in poppy appeal history there will be no collectors on our streets”.

The BBC will air a Festival of Remembrance on Saturday evening, which will include participation from Captain Sir Tom Moore following his fundraising exploits for the NHS during the spring lockdown.

Cover image: Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid a wreath at Uxbridge War Memorial in west London ahead of Remembrance Sunday (Picture: PA).