Welsh council refuses to hold Armistice Day silence at 11am
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and some members of the Ammanford branch of the Royal British Legion have pleaded with the council to shelve the “outdated” tradition.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.”