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A COVID-Secure Remembrance Service for Liverpool

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“It is a complete testament to your work ethic and dedication, that no matter what else was going on, the importance of delivering Liverpool’s Service of Remembrance 2020 to an exceptional standard was never lost or diluted.”

- Bethany Sproston, Culture Liverpool Events Team

The Requirement

Continual updates to restrictions as a result of COVID-19 have left many live events up in the air.

And while there was no chance of the usual service of remembrance, that attracts an audience of thousands on St George’s Plateau in Liverpool going ahead, Liverpool City Council were determined to deliver a service “to an exceptional standard” that “would enable to Liverpool to turn up to pay their respects and remember.”

With support from Adlib's audio rental, lighting rental, and live streaming team, they were able to do just that.

The Solution

This year, a socially distanced service of remembrance with a small number of dignitaries, clergy, and service personnel was held inside St Georges Hall and recorded live.

It was important that the event wouldn’t draw a crowd, so the service was held at the end of October and played out on Remembrance Sunday across Liverpool City Council’s social media channels and website – timed perfectly for the 2 minutes’ silence to begin at 11am.

Adlib was responsible for stage lighting, audio and video recording, and live sound reinforcement for those that attended physically.

This included supplying a three-camera system inside St George’s Hall to record the service, which was cut live by vision director, Tom Wearing. Feeds from each camera, as well as the live cut, were recorded and combined with recorded messages from organisations across Liverpool, and footage from previous years, to create the final edit.

Prior to distribution, the whole service was captioned.

The Result

Commenting on the support provided by Adlib, Bethany Sproston from the Culture Liverpool Events Team said:

“It is a complete testament to your work ethic and dedication, that no matter what else was going on, the importance of delivering Liverpool’s Service of Remembrance 2020 to an exceptional standard was never lost or diluted.”

“As a city we are all going through some very challenging times at the moment and we couldn’t have done this without the amazing effort and professionalism you deliver.”

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