Cabinet Call with South Holland District Council’s cabinet member Paul Przyszlak
Much of my role as the South Holland cabinet member responsible for finance and resources requires me to look forward, sometimes over several years, forecasting and planning for the future.
So this week I welcomed the opportunity provided by the poignant period of reflection on war, and the chance to demonstrate our eternal gratitude to those who fell on the fields and in the trenches between 1914 and 1918.
Monday marked 100 years to the day since Britain declared war on Germany. The ensuing First World War would eventually be remembered as one of the deadliest conflicts in our history.
To commemorate the date and those who gave their lives, many events were staged up and down the country.
Flags were flown on public buildings, wreaths laid at war memorials and solemn periods of silence and remembrance held in communities.
Here in South Holland we played our role – flying the flag and taking part in the national campaign named ‘Lights Out’.
The Lights Out campaign urged everyone to turn out their lights between 10pm and 11pm – the exact time when war was declared a century ago.
Our residents were asked to, and many did, switch their lights off, leaving just a single lamp or candle lit as part of a shared moment of national reflection; we took part at the council’s Priory Road offices as well as the South Holland Centre.
Speaking personally I believe it vitally important we never forget those who served, and especially those who did not return home from the battlefields.
Here in Lincolnshire we have long and proud military links; I am pleased that we, South Holland councillors and staff, and many residents, all played a part in the centenary commemorations. There are several other events being held locally to mark the centenary and I hope as many people as possible have the opportunity to attend one. Recently a successful ceremony of commemoration was held at Ayscoughfee Hall in Spalding.