Sunday, 14 November 2010

Remembrance Sunday, Coalville

BNP members from around Leicestershire joined those from NWL Branch to observe Remembrance Sunday at Coalville, along with a huge crowd of local people. Some attended the preceding Service at the church, others waited to join the Parade when all proceeded to the War Memorial, where others were gathered. This year, our Treasurer and myself went on ahead to secure a place near the front, in order to get photographs. It was therefore very atmospheric to hear the drums in the distance, getting louder as the Parade came nearer, and to witness the incredible crowd which followed them. Surely, the people who turn out to honour our war dead gets more every year; the futile wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, resulting in the horrific death toll of our young forces men and women, preys on all our minds. But we honour all the fallen from all the wars and the recent losses focus our minds on those long gone also.

Many thanks to the Royal British Legion, the organisations who took part, and to Revd. Joss for the very moving service.
Below are some photographs taken on Sunday.

'Carve ther names with pride'
2 pictures of the wreath laid this year by NWL BNP Cllr, Ian Meller.

Leicestershire BNP members at the War Memorial

Photos of the Service, and the towering War Memorial at Coalville. During the 2 minutes silence, poppy petals fluttered down onto the crowd from the top, a lovely touch.
(Afterwards, we went inside the Memorial and were astonished to see only an iron ladder leading up through a tiny hole to the top. Whoever climbed up there to scatter the poppies - thank you and well done!)

As a sidenote to the day, it was good to see people coming up to shake Ellistown Parish Cllr's hand after the rather spiteful accusations against him by NWL Tory MP, Andrew Bridgen and a Labour councillor - from Loughborough!, Jewel Miah
Pots and kettles come to mind, gentlemen, remember that next year! Tip: think first before antagonising prospective NWL voters.

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