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Urgent appeal to save Shirley Remembrance Parade

Organisers of Shirley Remembrance Parade have warned this year's event could be the last

The Shirley Remembrance Parade is under threat
The Shirley Remembrance Parade is under threat

The future of the Remembrance Parade in Shirley - attended by residents for 75 years - is under threat, due to spiralling costs.

Organisers this week warned that next month’s event, on November 10, could be the last unless they can secure financial support.

This would mean the end of a tradition, which stretches back to when the Shirley Royal British Legion was formed in 1938.

And that the procession would not go-ahead in 2014, a year when veterans up and down the country will be marking 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

Speaking to the Solihull News this week, branch chairman Ernie Riley urged businesses and the local community to get behind the event and ensure it continued.

“The event is very well supported by the scouts and cadets and pipers, and of course next year is going to be a very important one,” he said.

“It would be a terrible shame that after so many years running this procession, that we would be forced to stop because of the finances.

“We have a problem as we have to close such a busy road [the Stratford Road] and the costs are going up every year.

“We also need to get people in to help marshall the traffic, as this is no longer done by West Midlands Police.”

Last year the Legion had to raise around £1,300 to pay for the parade and this time round the overall cost is likely to be even higher.

Solihull MP Lorely Burt said: “It would be a terrible tragedy if the parade was unable to go ahead next year.

“The Shirley event is incredibly successful and it’s a heart warming sight to watch the youngsters and the old servicemen joining together.

“I would hope that with a bit of goodwill from all parties, that something could be done to ensure that this act of remembrance continues.”

If you can help Shirley Royal British Legion financially or would like to volunteer to help marshall traffic next month, email solihull_news@mrn.co.uk

 

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