A LOCAL branch of the Royal British Legion has announced that it won't be taking part in the annual remembrance event due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Hoyland and District branch announced on Facebook that due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and the challenge of social distancing it would not be taking part in the act of remembrance in Hoyland.

The event takes place each year on November 11 at the war memorial, on the junction of Kirk Balk and West Street and allows the public to pay their respect to soldiers past and present.

A spokesperson for the group said: “We are all fighting a war on a different front at the moment and we must all adhere to the guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“We can carry out our own acts of remembrance and the RBL along with BMBC will be streaming a pre-recorded ceremony that will include the local war memorial and the details will be issued nearer the time.

“Please fee free to lay your wreaths and crosses of remembrance around the war memorial on November 11 or before, but please keep safe and observe social distancing.”