Parade plan

PUBLISHED: 15:20 01 February 2007 | UPDATED: 13:45 04 May 2010

Royal British Legion County Secretary, David Hollin, seems to have missed the point of my letter regarding the Remembrance Day Parade, which was, that to use the format set in 1960 in the year 2006 is ridiculous. I came to Ely in 1975, at that time the Ci

Royal British Legion County Secretary, David Hollin, seems to have missed the point of my letter regarding the Remembrance Day Parade, which was, that to use the format set in 1960 in the year 2006 is ridiculous. I came to Ely in 1975, at that time the City of Ely Branch Royal British Legion fielded between 24 and 30 members on the parade; this year, 46 years later, there were only two.

It seems fairly obvious to me that this cannot continue much longer without a change in direction or there will only be youth organisations on the parade. All ex-service organisations are losing members. To enhance the parade why not encourage serving soldiers who wish to attend and offer them membership of ex-service organisations. The chairman of the Ely Branch Royal British Legion recently made a statement in The Standard that the branch would close within a year if more members did not come forward,

It is time for heads to be pulled out of the sand and a move made into the 21st century.

Ralph Keating

High Street

Sutton

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