We had been hoping that a decent sized, socially distanced congregation would be permitted to attend our annual Remembrance Service at St Botolphs-without-Bishopsgate on 6 November. However, Lockdown 2 came into force the day before which cut our attendance to just six which included the Padre and Bugler, who joined the parish priest, four chorists and the organist. While it was disappointing that members were unable to attend in person, we were delighted that over 300 members joined virtually for the service which was livestreamed via the church’s YouTube channel.
After the Parish Welcome by the Reverend David Armstrong, the HAC Padre, The Reverend (Major) Mark Bezerra Speeks CF, conducted the service which included the Reading by the Regimental Colonel, traditional wreath laying by the Commanding Officer and the Last Post and Rouse played by the HAC’s Drum Major, Mark Goatcher. The Order of Service was published in advance so that all could follow the service and a virtual collection to our partner charity, SSAFA, was also available via a JustGiving page (this remains open should you wish to contribute).
Thank you to all who attended our Remembrance Service, both virtually and in person, ensuring we were able to mark this important occasion despite the difficulties that the second national lockdown posed. For those who would like to view the Service, a video can be found on St Botolph’s YouTube channel.
To find out more about our connection with St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate Church visit our Regimental traditions page.