REMEMBRANCE services will only be for invited guests this year as councils urge people to stand on their doorsteps and watch live streamed ceremonies to remember the fallen.

At 11am on Remembrance Sunday, people around the country are encouraged to stand on their doorsteps to observe a two minute silence.

Cllr Iftakhar Hussain, the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, said: "The act of remembrance is vital to keeping alive the memories of those who have died in wars over the years. Although this year’s plans have to be different, they are by no means less meaningful or poignant.

"We will, safely, remember all those who sacrificed so much. Please pay your respects at home."

Blackburn Cathedral and St Peter’s Church in Darwen are planning virtual remembrance services to allow people to still watch the wreath laying.

At the Cenotaph in Clitheroe, the service will be for invited guests only including the Mayor of Clitheroe. It will be available to live stream at 10.45am on the Town Council Facebook page and the Ribble FM YouTube channel.

Members of the public are requested not to attend the war memorial area before midday on Sunday but are then able to lay wreaths as long as social distancing guidance is followed.

A Council spokesperson for Hyndburn Council said; “The revised guidance has only just been released and the Council will continue to offer advice and support to the Royal British Legion, who organise these events, to help ensure that Remembrance Sunday is celebrated safely.

"Although case numbers have come down slightly in the last day or so, they remain very high as we prepare to enter a new national lockdown. We hope that anyone wishing to visit a war memorial will spread their attendance throughout the day and heed the call from the Royal British Legion to join in a doorstep silence at 11am.”