Staff and students at a school say they are being prevented from taking part in a Remembrance Sunday parade.
Steve Phillips, principal at Biggleswade Academy, said the school was shocked to receive a letter telling them that they were not invited to take part in this year’s parade on Sunday, November 10.
Mr Phillips said the school has been a part of the parade in Biggleswade town centre for the last three years and that it is now being unfairly snubbed.
But Biggleswade mayor Councillor Hazel Ramsay insists that the school will only have taken part in an unofficial capacity and that it has never been formally invited.
The letter has been sent to schools from Biggleswade Town Council and the Biggleswade Branch of the Royal British Legion.
It explains that a large number of organisations for adults and children are invited to take part in the parade, and that as numbers have grown the invitation list has had to be closed.
The letter continues: “As schoolchildren are very well represented by these organisations we are unable to ask any of the schools to march in the parade.”
But Mr Phillips said: “We are quite outraged by this.
“Remembrance Sunday has always been an important subject for the students and we hold our own services and create commemorative displays. Surely they would want to encourage our attendance.”
Biggleswade Academy students have also written to the Chronicle about their disappointment.
One said: “I feel very angry and upset that the council is refusing to continue our tradition.”
Another pupil wrote: “It is an outrage that Biggleswade’s future generation is unable to participate in a community event that is very close to our hearts.”
But Mrs Ramsay stressed that the school has not previously received an official invite.
She said: “I am not aware of any ‘unofficial arrangements’ made in previous years but I am assured that official letters of invitation to attend the Remembrance parade and service have not previously been sent to any of the Biggleswade schools.
“However, I am pleased to say that our local school children and young people are well represented by the large number of organisations attending the Remembrance service.”