Each year on Remembrance Sunday poppies are worn with pride to pay tribute to the fallen.

That will continue this year but due to coronavirus restrictions the usual ceremonies will not be taking place.

While the usual ceremonies are not happening, the Royal British Legion is urging people to keep fundraising for veterans and injured servicemen by buying poppies.

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Witney in 2018

Each year thousands gather in St Giles in Oxford for the Remembrance Sunday parade and service and at war memorials around the county.

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The city council announced last week it will host the city’s service on its social media platforms this year, after the event was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The council will host a pre-recorded remembrance service on its social media platforms – including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – just before 11am on Sunday, November 8.

Oxford's Lord Mayor Craig Simmons said earlier: “The decision to call off this year’s parade has been an extremely difficult one.

"It has been a fixture in Oxford’s calendar for many years without fail. But these are unprecedented times and our first priority must be the safety of residents and honoured guests.”

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Abingdon in 2018

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Mike Henderson, president of the Oxford City Branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “The Oxford City Group of the Royal British Legion and Oxford City Council have together made the hard decision to call off this year’s parade and service in St Giles’, the ongoing safety of our members and the public has to be our number one priority.

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Remembrance Sunday in St Giles last year

“Please don’t forget to still support us this year and buy a poppy as we will still remember them.”