PINCHBECK PARISH COUNCIL: Village's branch of the Royal British Legion is blamed for having no Remembrance Day ceremony at war memorial
Parish councillors have denied responsibility for there being no Remembrance Day ceremony at Pinchbeck War Memorial this year.
A decision to hold a parade and service, which included a two-minute silence, at St Mary’s Church, rather than at Pinchbeck War Memorial, off Rose Lane, was branded as a “lack of respect and dignity” by a villager.
During a meeting at Pinchbeck Community Hub and Library on Monday, parish councillors heard a letter read out from Fiona Wade which was also published in our sister newspaper, the Lincolnshire Free Press, on Tuesday.
The letter from Ms Wade said: “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 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 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 and at 11am, I, along with a few others held our own, private, two minutes of silence and reflection.”
Ms Wade went on to accuse the church, parish council and Pinchbeck’s Royal British Legion (RBL) branch of “neglect” and of taking “the bringing of people together away from the people themselves”.
“This ceremony is not about the church and never should be”, Ms Wade said.
“This is about community, Remembrance, passion and reflection, bringing together people from all walks of life who have their own reasons for their acts of humility.
“The church can hold its own service at any other time for churchgoers and I, for one, do not need the church in order to remember.”
Parish councillors discussed issuing a joint response, with the church and RBL branch, to Ms Wade’s complaints.
But Coun Terry Moore, also a member of Pinchbeck RBL branch, said: “It’s the RBL branch that should apologise because it’s their event.
“We help and assist with it, in terms of applying for road closures, but it’s the RBL’s event and it’s for the committee to sort out what’s going to happen next year.
“That being said, most places do hold a two-minute silence at war memorials and it’s very unique not to do so.”
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