Wasps back Armistice parade again
CLUB WHICH ANSWERED DESPERATE PLEA LAST YEAR OFFERS MORE SUPPORT
RUGBY club bosses have once again swarmed in to offer support to Bedworth’s proud and historic Armistice parade with first team players set to help out.
Last year Wasps answered a desperate plea made by members of the Bedworth Armistice Parade group for more volunteers to ensure that the event could go-ahead.
Now the club, whose home is just on the outskirts of Bedworth at the Ricoh Arena, has once again offered manpower to committee members ensure that this year’s event is a success.
In fact, first team players will be attending the parade, which will take place on Saturday, 11 November, along with ten of the club’s stewards who will be volunteering on the day.
Also, as a goodwill gesture, the club will once again be providing free tickets for volunteers and attendees for their Aviva Premiership game against Newcastle Falcons at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday, November 18.
Wasps’ owner Derek Richardson said: “While we were delighted and relieved to see last year’s event go ahead, we are keen to do all we can as a community club to ensure the parade’s future is secure, which is why we have offered our support again this year.
“It is so important that events such as these continue to take place every year to remind future generations of the ultimate sacrifice our fallen war heroes made for our freedom.
“Through providing stewarding to the parade, as well as an opportunity for organisers to spread the word about volunteering at one of our upcoming home games, we’re hopeful the parade will go from strength-to-strength in the years to come.”
Grateful parade committee members have once again been stunned by the Wasps’ generosity. “They gave us 4,000 free match day tickets last year, we couldn’t believe it” said Gil Leach, former chairman.
“Firstly they responded so kindly to our appeal for stewards, then they said ‘how many people come along each year’ and we said 4,000 so they gave us 4,000 free tickets. It was incredible, we were able to give them out to schools and clubs, it was such a kind gesture. Now they have offered to help us again, we are so grateful.”
Bedworth has been honouring the fallen since 1921 and is the largest parade of its kind outside of London.
Extra volunteers are always welcome and those who would like to offer their services on the day should go along to a meeting at the E-Servicemen’s Club in Bedworth on Monday, October 16 at 7.30pm.