Remembrance Parade 2016

Remembrance Sunday has always been a special day for our nation and indeed for the town of Coleshill, a day in which the community joins together to remember those who died in World War One and all conflicts since. As Mayor of Coleshill it was an honour to lead the parade through the streets of Coleshill and to see many residents young and old gathering to show their support.

Remembrance Sunday 2016 was particularly significant as it took place during the centenary commemoration of the Battle of the Somme, July 1st-November 18th 1916, the largest battle of the First World War on the Western front.  Twenty-four men from in and around Coleshill died during this battle and were remembered during the wreath laying and the roll of honour by all present, including relatives of some of the fallen still living in Coleshill and the surrounding areas today.

It takes a great many people to organise the remembrance parade and church service and my sincere thanks go out to everyone involved: to Roy Charlesworth and all at the Coleshill branch of the Royal British Legion for organising the parade and poppies which lined the streets and adorned each shop window; to Coleshill Parish Church, the Reverend Nick Parker for delivering a poignant and thought-provoking service and the wider church ensemble and congregation for being gracious hosts; to Coleshill Town Band for leading the parade with dignity; to my Sergeant At Arms, Simon Toon, for his assistance in organising the parade and his knowledge of ceremonial protocols; to the uniformed organisations, their standard-bearers and leaders, 1st Coleshill Brownies, 5th Coleshill Brownies, Water Orton Scouts, Coleshill Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, Shard End Sea Cadets, 2504 Sqn Air Training Corps and the Girl’s and Boy’s Brigades; to the Marshals who kindly volunteered to help with the road closures, standing guard to ensure the safe passage of the parade; to the MER for providing the lead and rear cars and first aid assistance; to Coleshill Primary School for allowing the parade to muster and disband from the school grounds; to Town Clerk, Colin Greatorex, and all officers and staff of Coleshill Town Council who ably assisted with the organisation of the event, and finally thanks to the people of Coleshill for always supporting the parade.

Cllr Mrs. Sue Wallace

Town Mayor

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Afternoon Tea hosted by Coleshill Remembers

On Saturday 23rd May the Town Hall was filled with Coleshill residents past and present enjoying Afternoon Tea hosted by Coleshill Remembers. The event was organised to bring together families with a connection to the Great War in Coleshill so that Coleshill Remembers could document and collate their histories.

Guests were invited to spend the afternoon sharing family stories of local men who served in WW1, the daily lives of those who stayed behind, and the work of those who volunteered to help in local convalescent hospitals for wounded servicemen.

Displays were presented showing the research completed so far by Coleshill Remembers, complemented by photographs from the Coleshill & District Civic Society archives and artwork produced by pupils at The Coleshill School.

One of the organisers, Dr Jane Veevers, described the afternoon as

“a great success thanks to the hard work of everyone involved and the many guests who attended to share their stories.”

If anyone was unable to attend but is interested in the Coleshill Remembers WW1 project, please get in touch via the website (www.coleshillremembers.co.uk) or by telephone on 01675 463326. We’d love to hear from you.