Thursday, June 29, 2017
TIME OF THE BRIGG REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY DISCUSSED & DECIDED FOR 2017
For many, many years the Remembrance Sunday wreath-laying ceremony in Brigg has taken place an hour later than those in the vast majority of cities, towns and villages across the UK.
The reason for the noon ceremony in Brigg is thought to relate to the police being able to have sufficient officers on the ground to close the A18 to traffic near the Monument.
However, as November 2016 saw no police deployed to do this and community volunteers carrying out the task, Brigg Town Council, which co-ordinates the ceremony, discussed what should happen this November.
Coun Mike Campion told the June meeting that although the later start time in Brigg might seem strange, it was very popular and had worked well.
He thought the British Legion and others should be asked for their views.
Coun James Truepenny agreed that consultation was required.
Coun Rob Waltham said he could remember being taken to watch the ceremony as a boy and today he took pride in the high attendance of people at the Monument.
Brigg's current arrangements were really successful and he suggested that no change was needed at this time.
He felt there was insufficient time to consult widely for 2016.
He successfully suggested the Town Council should revisit the issue in the New Year.
So there will be no change to the usual arrangements this November.
Having Brigg's wreath-laying an hour later means that townsfolk can watch TV coverage of some or all of the ceremony in London attended by the Queen and still get down to our Monument.
Whether Humberside Police will deploy officers to carry out the road closure this November has yet to be notified to Brigg Town Council.