Sunday, 8 November 2009

Remembrance Day at Coalville

Following a Remembrance Service at the church around 3500 people gathered at the War Memorial in Coalville on Sunday to remember those killed in wars. A short, moving Service was conducted here by Revd. Joss, followed by the two minutes silence and then the wreath-laying ceremony.

4 members of the BNP waiting to join the Parade. Mike Robinson holds the wreath which he laid at the Memorial on behalf of the British National Party, North West Leicestershire Branch.

The Parade halts at the War Memorial.

Coalville War Memorial, and the crowd assembled for the Ceremony. It was impossible to get near the front as far more people than previously had come to pay their respects this year. Doubtless this was because of everybody's anxiety and grief over the happenings and losses in Afghanistan.

11 o'clock and the people stand in silence to remember and honour the War Dead. Many of these have lost members of their own families, and friends, in conflicts past and present.

14 of the 23 BNP members who attended to pay tribute.

4 Leicestershire councillors pictured in front of the War Memorial after the ceremony. They are (left to right): Cllr. Ian Meller; Cllr. Wayne McDermott; Cllr. John Ryde; Cllr. Graham Partner. Cllr. McDermott was chosen to lay the wreath on behalf of Ellistown Town Council, on which he serves.

A close-up of Coalville's War Memorial, showing some of the poppy wreaths laid at this year's ceremony.

Afterwards, BNP members made their way to a local hostelry for a warming drink and to catch up with friends from the different Branches.

Thanks go to all who attended, and to 'Leicester Boy' for the photographs.

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