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Remembrance Day parade WILL go ahead in Saltash

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:13pm 19th October 2018. (Updated at 3:10pm 19th October 2018)

A Remembrance Day parade will go ahead in Saltash after claims it was dropped because children would 'get cold and hungry'.

That sparked anger in the town - especially as this year is the 100-year anniversary of the end of the First World War.

A petition to save the annual parade event was launched and has pulled in more than 2,000 signatures.

The Mayor says the event was not cancelled and has confirmed that it will be going ahead.

There have been calls for the Mayor, Councillor John Brady, to quit - and he says he has had hate mail off the back of it.

There were claims the Remembrance Day parade in Saltash was cancelled because children might get 'cold and hungry'

Dad Thomas Stapleton-Yabsley set up the petition which reads:

"Saltash annual Remembrance Day Parade has been dropped because officials "didn't want children to go hungry or get cold".

"The Mayor said the parade would have had to have been squeezed in late afternoon - which wouldn't have been fair on families.

"I believe it is important for the parade to go ahead so the people of Saltash can remember everyone who gave their lives.

"We need to teach our children our history and show them why we honour these brave individuals.

"The Mayor is already under pressure in national newspapers. If thousands of people sign the petition now, he could change his mind and let the parade go ahead."

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A petition was launched to bring back the town's annual event

"I'm a parent myself I have two little boys, seven and three, they will be there and they will be wrapped up.

"If it's cold they will have jumpers and if it's raining they will have coats on. They will be sufficiently warm.

"They will be fed as well. They are not going to turn up in shorts and a t-shirt and we're not going to not feed our children just because the parade is happening.

"The parade would last 10 or 15 minutes through Fore Street and they can survive without food for 15 minutes."

Thomas Stapleton-Yabsley

Now the Town Council has confirmed a parade will take place

"It is being organised by Saltash Chamber of Commerce and will Parade from the Middle of Fore Street to the Memorial Peace Garden in Alexandra Square.

"It is planned to start at 11.15 a.m. after the 2-minute Silence which will be held on the Square outside the Brunel.

"The 2-minute Silence will be attended by the Civic Party the Parade will not.

"Once the Parade arrives at the Peace Garden a Pebble laying Event will take place in honour of those who have given their lives in the Great War at approximately 12.30 bells will be rung Nationally throughout our Country and the bells of St Nicholas and Faith as well as St Stephens will be rung.

"At 2.00 p.m. the Civic Remembrance Service will commence in St Nicholas and Faith and on completion Wreaths will be laid at the Town Memorial."

The Mayor of Saltash, Councillor John Brady

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