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Wasps have stepped in to help the Bedworth Armistice Day Parade after an appeal for stewards on the day of the event. The club will supply 10 stewards for this year’s Armistice Day parade on Friday 11 November which sees thousands of people line the streets of Bedworth as the parade marches through the town to honour those lost in conflict.
“The Armistice Day parade in Bedworth is a tradition which dates back almost a century, so it was very disappointing to hear that this year’s event was under threat due to the lack of stewards,” said Derek Richardson, owner of Wasps. The parade attracts thousands of visitors to the town, not just locally but from across the country, who all come together to honour those who lost their lives in battle. It is a great tradition which should be respected and upheld. Bedworth’s Armistice Day parade committee works very hard every year to ensure that this can continue and I am very pleased to offer our support and supply 10 stewards for the parade to help them with this.”
“We are so grateful to Wasps for getting involved and offering their help,” said Craig Whitehead, Chair of the Bedworth Armistice Day Parade. We have been overwhelmed by the reaction to our call to arms, at a recent meeting the turnout from members of the public wanting to help with marshalling duties was excellent. With the volunteers we have signed up and the much-appreciated assistance of Wasps, this will ensure that this year’s parade takes place.”
Wasps will also be honouring Remembrance Sunday at their Anglo-Welsh Cup game on Sunday 13 November against Worcester Warriors. Gates open at 1pm and SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity, will be collecting at the ground and will be manning a stand where people can learn more about their work. Wasps will also be promoting the charity’s work on the big screen and in the match day programme.
Before the game kicks off at 3pm, a giant poppy will take pride of place on the centre of the pitch as the Wasps and Worcester Warriors players are welcomed to the field by a military veterans’ guard of honour and two standard bearers. Wasps and SSAFA will then lay wreaths followed by a minute’s silence.
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