Remembrance Day 'too successful' for town park

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 25 May 2010

WAR veterans in Weston are asking for extra help to cope with Remembrance Day - because last year's event was so successful.

WAR veterans in Weston are asking for extra help to cope with Remembrance Day - because last year's event was so successful.

The 2009 service in Grove Park was so busy that people were spilling out and hundreds were too far away from the proceedings.

Weston Royal British Legion chairman Mike Pharoah said his group wants a donation of a large screen and speakers to ensure everybody can see and hear the event this November.

He said: "The problem is that Remembrance Day has just become too successful and so many people want to pay their respects to the soldiers, both serving and retired.

"We really need to make sure we can reach as many people as possible and that will require somebody helping us out.

"If anybody can help out with some sort of technology to broadcast the service to all areas of the park and outside the gates, it would be a massive boost for us and to everybody who turns up."

Mr Pharoah said he thought that part of the reason for the event's popularity was the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

He said: "From speaking to people, it seems as though they want to show their support for the troops who are out there at the moment.

"In a way it's great that so many people are aware of the service and want to pay their respects.

"But at the same time it's very sad that the main reason people's consciousness of the event has been raised is because of the coverage of deaths of serving soldiers."

Weston's traditional Remembrance Day takes place at the war memorial in Grove Park, with groups such as the Sea Cadets, Scouts and town dignitaries laying wreaths on the Sunday closest to November 11.

Anybody who can help the legion should call Mr Pharoah on 01934 627512.

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