Brightlingsea residents are being asked to paint a poppy on a pebble to help mark Remembrance Day this year as Covid-19 restrictions limit the usual parade and memorial.
The Brightlingsea Church Lads' and Church Girls' Brigade is behind the initiative, which will see the painted pebbles placed around the town's war memorial and gardens in Victoria Place. A collection box has been placed just inside the side door of St James' Church in the High Street, and pebbles can be place there until November 6.
"Brightlingsea Brigade would like to help the community in remembering the fallen by collecting as many poppies on pebbles as we can," said John Dines of the Brigade, which has recently gained a year's sponsorship from local businesses The Brewer's Arms and Itus Security Solutions.
This year the town's only Remembrance service will take place at 11am on Sunday, November 8 – the usual afternoon event has been cancelled. Brightlingsea's Royal British Legion, which is organising the service, said: "We ask any person who wishes to attend as a spectator to comply with the current Government’s guidelines i.e., keep two metres apart and not in groups of more than six people while at the Memorial Gardens and where possible wear appropriate face coverings."
Wreaths will be laid by the town's vicar, mayor and Deputy, together with the local presidents of the Royal British Legion, Royal British Legion Club and Royal Naval Association, and these will be the only people permitted inside the gated area at the memorial. Members of other organisations or members of the public wanting to lay a wreath or flowers can do so after the service has taken place and the dais area is clear.