It is ‘insulting to’ Haverhill that the town has to wait until the afternoon for a Remembrance Sunday service.
Deputy mayor Maureen Byrne said the town should aim to have its own service at 11am every November 11 rather than waiting until the afternoon due to the cival service being held at Bury St Edmunds at 11am.
“We want to have the service at 11am, not wait until after the Bury (St Edmunds) mayor and MP (sic) have finished their bit, and I think it’s really disrespectful that we can’t have it at 11am and I want you to really think seriously about it as I think it’s insulting to Haverhill,” said Cllr Byrne at last Tuesday’s (24) town council meeting at the arts centre.
“Why do we have to wait until the rest of the afternoon when the rest of the country celebrates at 11am?”
Cllr David Roach agreed: “It’s wrong that they don’t do it at 11am.”
Cllr Byrne said the council should approach the British Legion about having the event at 11am, though town mayor Roger André said their decision was likely to be based around if their standard bearers were available.
The deputy mayor raised the possibility of the town council organising a Haverhill event for 11am in future years rather than relying on the borough council though town clerk Will Austin said it may be too short notice to do so this year.
“I’m not naive to think we could do something this year but we have to work towards it for the future as we should have our service when other parts of the country have theirs,” said Cllr Byrne.
However Brian Thomas, who organises the parade for the British Legion, said it would be ‘impossible’ to have a morning parade in Haverhill.
“I’ve organised it for 25 years and there’s no way it could be done in the morning,” he said.
“Our band and all the major officials like the MP and the mayor attend the Bury St Edmunds service as that’s the capital of this area and then we’ll have no-one here.
“A morning one will be absolutely ridiculous as there will be no-one there, and that’s why it was swapped to an afternoon service in the first place years ago.”
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