Council steps in to save poppy parade

NMAC Kirkby Remembrance Day Parade

Brian Dykes Chairman of Kirkby Royal British Legion lays a wreath for Royal Marine Commandos
NMAC Kirkby Remembrance Day Parade Brian Dykes Chairman of Kirkby Royal British Legion lays a wreath for Royal Marine Commandos

Remembrance parades in Ashfield have been given the go ahead after members of the council stepped in.

The parades which are held to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves in two World Wars and other conflicts, faced an uncertain future after Nottinghamshire Police confirmed they would no longer be providing traffic control.

However, a motion put to Ashfield District Council by Councillor Lee Anderson has been passed, giving a helping hand to organisers of the events for the following three years.

Grants of £525 will be gifted annually to Sutton, Kirkby and Hucknall for the next three years, to help cover the costs which come with directing and stopping traffic, which now falls to the event organisers.

Coun Cheryl Butler, council leader, said: “It is important we have the opportunity to honour those that have sacrificed themselves in conflict.

“The council fully supports the Remembrance Day parades and we are honoured to be able to ensure parades in Sutton, Kirkby and Hucknall go ahead this year.”

Roy Harrison, from the Royal Green Jackets who organises the parade in Sutton, said the total cost for this year’s parade is £1,664.

He said: “I cannot fault the council – without their help we could not have done it.

“It is very important that the parade continues to march to the church and cenotaph.”

The amount gifted by the council, however, does not cover the full cost of traffic control, as Roy said it would cost £864 to provide.

Three councillors – Coun David Griffiths, Coun Steve Carroll and Coun Jim Aspinall – have stepped in offering £335 extra from their ward allowance to the Sutton parade.

Coun Glenys Maxwell has also donated £800 in memory of her late husband.

With these donations only £4 had to be found for the parade to go ahead in Sutton.

Organisers for Hucknall’s Remembrance Day have expressed their pleasure at the assistance by the council.

Major Mick Howard, of Hucknall Royal British Legion, said: “As we approach the 100th anniversary, in 2021, of Remembrance Parades in Hucknall, we are pleased the council is willing to contribute £525 per annum, initially for the next three years, to the overall cost of the event, which brings the community of Hucknall together to pay homage to those who gave their lives for our freedom.”

This year, Remembrance Sunday is November 12.