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Pinchbeck Remembrance: it should not have been about the church




Wherever I have lived, I have attended the Armistice Parade in that community and have always thought that the occasion was given the reverence it deserves.

However, on attending the Memorial Gardens, in Pinchbeck, Spalding on Sunday, November 11, I was sadly disappointed. On arriving I saw that people were going into church at 10.30am and that the timing for the Service was 10.45am. This made me think that it would be a very short service to allow for the two minutes' silence at the Memorial itself, followed by the wreath laying.

No such ceremony happened. At 11am, I, along with a few others (of the 40-50 people in attendance) held our own, private, two minutes of silence and reflection. Children were running about and people continued chatting as there was no formal request for any silence and after, there was a realisation that most people there, had ‘missed it’!


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