Friday, December 08, 2017
SHOULD BRIGG REMEMBRANCE SERVICE BE HELD EARLIER?
Brigg can be proud of the dignified and respectful way in which it remembers The Fallen each Remembrance Sunday in November. This has been the case for many decades.
At its latest meeting, Brigg Town Council, which oversees the organisation of the parade, service and wreath-laying, considered the timing of the Remembrance Service 2018.
That followed some criticism on "new media" of Brigg's 12 noon wreath-laying, rather than the 11am adopted by many communities across the UK.
Coun Mike Campion stressed that record numbers of people now attended at the Monument. He was not opposed to changing the time if local British Legion veterans were happy with an alteration being made.
Coun Carl Sherwood did not think too much should be read into the comments on Facebook or Twitter but he felt there was a definite need to give the matter careful thought, taking into account the opinions of "concerned parties."
Coun James Truepenny said he would support the earlier time if all concerned were agreeable to it.
Coun Ann Eardley felt they could try such a change for 2018 and then review how it was received.
She also supported the return of a previous tradition - reading out the names of The Fallen on Remembrance Sunday.
Town Mayor Coun Sharon Riggall felt the Town Council should ask the British Legion's opinion at local level before making a decision.
That was what the council decided to do.