In a year that will be remembered for the disruption caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic, Northampton Saints ensured Remembrance Sunday was marked as closely as possible to usual earlier this week.
The Club’s annual Remembrance ceremony would usually take place on the closest home matchday to November 11, with a packed Franklin’s Gardens falling silent to pay respect to the 23 former Saints and all other servicepeople who have fallen defending their country.
However on Tuesday – before the national lockdown came into effect – Saints’ Chief Executive Mark Darbon, Director of Rugby Chris Boyd, and Club Captain Alex Waller laid wreaths at the stadium’s War Memorial and stood together for a minute of silence and reflection.
They were also joined by David Lowrence, Chairman of the Saints Supporters Club, and second-row Lewis Bean – who is still an acting serviceman having completed two tours of Afghanistan as a Corporal in 2 Rifles.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them.