Statement prepared on behalf of the Brian Robinson Memorial Committee.
“After extensive consultation with the family, comrades and friends of Volunteer Brian Robinson, in relation to the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, our Memorial Committee has taken the very difficult decision to postpone our annual parade this year.
Taking into consideration the ongoing concerns attached to the spread of Covid 19, the Committee has decided that the gathering of thousands of Loyalists, Unionists, bands and members of the community, would pose a substantial risk to public health, and as such, the hosting of a parade at this present time, would not be appropriate.
We fully recognise how disappointed many people will feel because of this decision, however, our utmost priority is to respect the wishes of the family of Volunteer Brian Robinson, his comrades and friends, and ultimately, to ensure that we do everything in our power, to protect the public from this devastating pandemic.
Despite the Volunteer Brian Robinson Memorial Parade being postponed this year, the Committee has pledged to ensure that we will continue to remember and honour Brian’s life, which he sacrificed for the defence of his country and its people.
As such, whilst observing social distancing regulations, a Memorial Service will take place in Disraeli Street (Woodvale), at 1:30pm, on Saturday 5th September 2020.
We look forward to returning to normal proceedings next year, and wish to place on record our sincere and heartfelt thanks and appreciation, to all those who continue to show their support, in honouring a true Ulster soldier.”
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