REMEMBRANCE came early for veterans at Barnsley Town Hall who met to pay their respects to fallen soldiers - despite a second national lockdown halting initial plans.

On Wednesday, veterans met to lay wreaths at the war memorial as the countrywide lockdown forced Remembrance Sunday parades and events to be cancelled.

Barnsley Council announced a virtual event will take place on Sunday through their social media channels.

Paul Sammy Goose, a war veteran who has been playing his bugle for the NHS every day throughout the pandemic, played The Last Post, followed by a two-minute silence.

He told the Chronicle: “With all our Remembrance parades unfortunately unable to take place, I hope this gave some people a chance to remember our veterans.

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“Everything was socially distanced, but it gave our veterans an opportunity to pay their respects before we went into lockdown.

“Remembrance Sunday is incredibly important to me and our veterans across Barnsley and with this small gesture I hope I did it justice.

“It was an honour to be asked to play and pay my respects, and I will continue to blow my bugle for our veterans and those who are losing their lives and loved ones from Covid-19.”