Remembrance parade ban on youngsters u-turn

Biggleswade Remembrance Service, Market Square November 2011 ENGPNL00420111114151213
Biggleswade Remembrance Service, Market Square November 2011 ENGPNL00420111114151213

A controversial decision to stop youngsters taking part in the annual Remembrance Parade through Biggleswade has been reversed.

Last week the Chronicle reported that the local branch of the Royal British Legion had banned groups such as the Scouts and Guides on safety grounds after more than 70 active armed servicemen and women agreed to take part.

The move caused consternation in the town.

But today the Bedfordshire British Legion announced the move has been reversed.

Eric Robinson, MBE, Bedfordshire County Chairman said: “I am pleased to confirm that following a review of the logistics for The Royal British Legion Biggleswade Branch Remembrance Sunday parade, that they will be able to accommodate those younger members of the community who wish to take part.

“Remembrance is inclusive to every age, background and culture, and the Branch Management of the Biggleswade Branch would like to invite everyone in the Biggleswade community to support their parade and join them in remembering the sacrifices of our Armed Forces on this year’s Remembrance Sunday and for the future.”

The parade takes place on November 8.