Welsh coun­cil re­fuses to hold Armistice Day si­lence at 11am

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Daily Tele­graph Re­porter

AN ARMISTICE DAY row has bro­ken out af­ter or­gan­is­ers of a pa­rade, which is tra­di­tion­ally held three hours late so that min­ers could at­tend, re­fused to change its time – de­spite the pits hav­ing shut years ago.

The 100th an­niver­sary of the first two-minute si­lence will take place across the UK at 11am on Nov 11.

But Am­man­ford Town Coun­cil in Car­marthen­shire has re­jected a plea from lo­cal for­mer sol­diers to hold a pa­rade, ser­vice and si­lence at 11am.

The event has been held at 2pm since the Fifties, in or­der to al­low work­ers from lo­cal coal mines to at­tend.

How­ever, the pits closed in the Eight­ies and some mem­bers of the Am­man­ford branch of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion have pleaded with the coun­cil to shelve the “out­dated” tra­di­tion.

Peter Reed, 48, a for­mer Army sergeant-ma­jor and Bri­tish Le­gion mem­ber, said: “We’ve been hit with a brick wall. The coun­cil has closed ranks.

“The veter­ans of Am­man­ford have been try­ing to get the Re­mem­brance pa­rade at 11am for three years now and, this year be­ing the 100th year, we thought we had done it.

“We – the veter­ans and many oth­ers – are go­ing to boy­cott this 2pm de­ba­cle and go else­where as the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month is sa­cred to us. The ego of some of the coun­cil mem­bers and un­will­ing at­ti­tude has caused this sit­u­a­tion.”

Si­mon Carter, land­lord of the town’s Great Western Ho­tel, said: “I am to­tally dis­gusted that the tim­ing is still set at 2pm. Re­mem­brance Sun­day is all about those that have given their lives so that we can en­joy our lives and live freely as we do. It is such a shame we have to di­vide a com­mu­nity over three hours.”


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