Wasps back Ar­mistice pa­rade again

CLUB WHICH AN­SWERED DES­PER­ATE PLEA LAST YEAR OF­FERS MORE SUP­PORT

Coventry Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By CLAIRE HAR­RI­SON News Re­porter news@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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