Bid to stop repeat of Remembrance Sunday ‘farce’

WREATHS are laid at the cenotaph on Titchfield Park, Hucknall during last year's Remembrance Day service -- DISPIC NHUD10-3059-7
WREATHS are laid at the cenotaph on Titchfield Park, Hucknall during last year's Remembrance Day service -- DISPIC NHUD10-3059-7
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VOLUNTEERS behind Hucknall’s Remembrance Day service are working hard to guard against a repeat of problems that ended in last year’s emotive event being labelled a farce.

The ceremony at the cenotaph at Titchfield Park attracts hundreds of spectators.

This year’s renewal, which is scheduled for Sunday November 13, will include the laying of poppy wreaths by civic dignitaries.

It is part of a national day to honour servicemen and women who have given their lives in conflicts around the globe, including during the First and Second World Wars.

But complaints were made last year after the two minutes’ silence was held early and the public-address system proved inadequate.

Angry letters were sent to the Dispatch, and many people said they couldn’t hear the service properly.

Now members of the town’s Royal British Legion, which organises the service, have announced plans to change the running order.

It is aimed at making sure the silence will be held as close to 11 am as possible — a time that represents the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month when the First World War ended in 1918.

Rehearsals are also to be held to ensure the address system works. A back-up will be lined up in case of faults.

However, David Hardstaff, of the branch committee at the Legion, has expressed disappointment that members of the public have not come forward to get involved in arranging the service.

Through the Dispatch two weeks ago, he extended an open invitation to a meeting at the Legion social club on Beardall Street on Tuesday October 4.

But not a single person, other than committee members and air and Army cadets, turned up.

Mr Hardstaff told the Dispatch: “We are working hard to make sure things run smoothly. I didn’t expect anyone to turn up. I know what people can be like.

“I would urge anyone interested to get on board and give us their backing, both beforehand and on the day.”

The next Remembrance Day committee meeting is at the Legion club on Wednesday November 2 (8 pm). The public are invited.