Flares will be released across the borough to mark the start and end of a two-minute Remembrance Day silence.

Hyndburn council is backing the Royal British Legion’s call for residents to join the doorstep silence at 11am on November 8, to mark Remembrance Sunday.

This year’s arrangements will be very different due to the restrictions in place as a result of Covid-19.

Council leader Miles Parkinson OBE said: “Although there will be no gathering at the memorials across the borough, people can still pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday by standing on their doorsteps at 11am for a two-minute silence.

“The start and end of the silence will be signalled by the release of maroon flares across the borough.

“The council and the Royal British Legion would like to encourage as many people as possible to pause at 11am and reflect on the sacrifices of our service men and women from conflicts past and present.”

For those who would still like to lay a wreath at a memorial, please wait until after 11.30am but avoid any crowding around memorials.

Armistice Day is held on Wednesday, November 11 so wreaths do not just have to be laid on Remembrance Sunday.

The Royal British Legion is also suggesting alternative ways of marking the occasion or raising funds, such as a virtual My Poppy Run, or leaving a tribute in their virtual Field of Remembrance.

You can also download and print a poppy to display in your window from www.britishlegion.org.uk