Sponsor wanted for Remembrance Day service screen

PUBLISHED: 08:00 12 October 2015

Remembrance service in Grove Park.

Remembrance service in Grove Park.

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ORGANISERS of this year’s Remembrance Day service in Weston are appealing for businesses to sponsor a screen in the park so more people can watch the proceedings.

Poppies around the Grove Park War memorial.Poppies around the Grove Park War memorial.

The event remembering servicemen and women who have died in conflicts around the world will once again take place in Grove Park in Weston-super-Mare in November.

The service has been getting bigger every year, with more people watching the parade and the laying of the poppy wreaths.

Last year’s turnout was estimated as the biggest ever, but because the memorial is on the top of a slight slope, it means people can sometimes struggle to see what is going on when the crowd becomes too big.

Garry Hawkes, the parade commander, said: “We are trying to have the same experience for everyone.

Remembrance service in Grove Park.Remembrance service in Grove Park.

“I am very conscious of the fact a lot of people can’t get close enough to the memorial to see and I would like everybody to take equal part in what is going on.

“A lot of the public cannot be at the sharp end, and they turn up year after year but cannot actually see what’s going on.”

The event is getting busier every year, and with continuing conflicts around the world, Mr Hawkes expects this trend to continue.

Last year, the organisers introduced a sound system to announce what was happening.

But this year, they hope a business may sponsor a £2,000 screen in the park which could give everyone a chance to see the wreaths being laid.

Changes to the event mean the parade will also leave the park the same way it came in.

Mr Hawkes said: “This means the public will get closer and stay closer to the event.”

The parade, which features members of the armed forces, cadets and the scouts and guides, will get the event underway on November 8 with a walk through the High Street at 10.25am.

There will also be a designated ‘field of remembrance’ where people can put poppies and small wooden crosses in the ground, though not during the service.

For more information on how to sponsor a screen, contact Chris Millard at chris.millard@weston-tc.gov.uk


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