Stowmarket’s Town Mayor appeals to former service personnel to join the Remembrance Parade. Although still seven months away, preparations for this years’ Remembrance Sunday Parade in Stowmarket are in full flow and a recent meeting the Stowmarket Mayor Barry Humphreys MBE commented on the incredible turn out at last years’ parade
“The amount of people taking part in last years’ Remembrance Parade was probably one of the highest turnouts recorded in our town; we should be very proud that our town commemorates this important national memorial day so well and with such dignity. The streets were full of people and the numbers of those taking part in the parade had noticeably grown. Last year, for the first time, we were privileged to see the newly formed Police Cadets and local Freemasons in full regalia, marching alongside the Army Cadets, Air Training Corps, Boys Brigade, Scouts, Guide and veterans from the three Armed Forces. As always the turnout of soldiers from the Army Air Corps at Wattisham was very welcome.
Although the numbers of people participating in the parade has grown, it is evident that the number of veterans parading is dwindling. As an Army veteran myself, I noticed many former servicemen and women in the crowds at last years’ parade. I would like to send a personal appeal to them – Please consider joining this years’ parade and help keep this important national commemoration alive in Stowmarket. We were proud to serve our country and should continue to be proud to don our medals, march alongside our fellow veterans and support the Royal British Legion. This would also help serve as a reminder to the town that veterans are of all ages, ranging from their 20s to their 90s, and of conflicts in which they have served including, WW2, Aden, Malaya, Korea, Kenya, Cyprus, Northern Ireland, Falklands, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and many more… For more information please contact me directly or the Stowmarket Royal British Legion or just turn up on Remembrance Sunday and join the parade. Let’s make Sunday 12th November a day to remember and turn out with pride!”