Sunday, 9 November 2008

Remembrance Day at Coalville

11 members of BNP Leicestershire Branch joined fellow members from North West Leicestershire to honour and remember the fallen at Coalville on Sunday. There were 23 of us in all, including one young member who had come from Yorkshire.

Some local BNP members joined the large congregation for the the service at Christ Church first, while outside a growing crowd filled London Road. After the service the Parade assembled and, walking behind the band, the Royal British Legion and several units of smart young cadets, we made our way to the War Memorial. On either side, the road was thronged with people come to pay their respects on this cold, wet morning.

By the time we reached the Memorial, the Parade and crowd numbered around 3,000, many of whom were youngsters and small children; each year, the numbers at Coalville increase, a testament to the local peoples' patriotism and desire never to forget our fallen and injured heroes from all wars.

The thoughtful and moving service was conducted by Reverend Joss; after the 2 minutes silence at 11 o'clock, the wreath-laying commenced. Mike Robinson, Leicestershire's Deputy Organiser and an ex-member of HM Armed Forces, laid our wreath on behalf of the British National Party.

After the ceremony, our members gathered with townsfolk at a local pub, to warm up and share our thoughts of the morning's events.

"They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going downof the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them"

6 members of BNP Leicestershire, pictured in front of Coalville's War Memorial

Mike Robinson, Leicestershire's Deputy Organiser, holding our BNP wreath

Some poppy stories to ponder:

Last Friday, thieves broke in and stole charity boxes, 2 of which were for the Poppy Appeal, from a beauty salon in Melton.(LM, November 7th.)

Managers at Leicester's new Highcross shopping centre asked a WW11 hero to sell poppies outside in the freezing cold. They later developed a conscience and invited him in, but the veteran declined. (from The Sun)

Another veteran poppy seller had all his Appeal takings stolen in Leicester city centre. After this news was broadcast, he was flooded with donations for the Appeal by members of the public who were outraged by this cowardly attack.

A gang (from the West Midlands) was caught operating an illegal gambling game in Leicester city centre, but they didn't profit from it because the police officers who caught them handed the money to the nearest poppy seller. (LM, November 6th.)

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