The official Parade of Remembrance and Service at the War Memorial in Princes Park on Remembrance Sunday 8th November has for this year had to be cancelled.
Due to the current coronavirus pandemic and the expected crowds that have gathered historically, more than 2,000 parading last year, Salford City Council acting upon and in line with the guidelines directed by the government, have quite rightly postponed this year’s parade and service because of the health implications.
Parade organiser Ian Jolley told the Local Mag, “Salford City Council have decided to postpone all organised Remembrance Sunday Parades and Services for 2020 due to this terrible pandemic. There is no way that a parade that has been so successful as the one in Irlam and Cadishead could be carried out, whilst observing social distancing and the rule of six people, it is just impossible and we should consider the impact on the NHS but more importantly our families.
As a member of the North West Ambulance Service I have seen the distress, pain and suffering that this deadly virus causes. I would urge everyone to obey the rules on social distancing and not gather together.
We can pay our respects 365 days of the year not just on Remembrance Sunday. By all means visit the War Memorial, lay a wreath and remember the fallen, but do it when it is safe to do so and please obey the hands, face and distance messages so that we can also stay safe and support the wider national effort”
Former solider Ian added, “I would hope that next year we will be able to celebrate in the traditional manner once more, here’s to a brighter future and a memorable parade and service on Sunday 14th November 2021. When I will again undertake the duty of Parade Marshall for the Irlam and Cadishead Remembrance Sunday and complete all the necessary to ensure we remember as we do so well.”
Poppy Appeal items and collection tins have been distributed to many local businesses and schools in the Irlam, Cadishead, Hollins Green and Glazebrook area. We might not be able to a parade as we usual would like to but we can still show our support for our armed forces and the Royal British Legion (RBL) with a donation to the Poppy Appeal. Or by donating for one of the 418 large lamppost poppies that are being put on lampposts up and down the District. Let’s all dig deep and support the tremendous work that the RBL and the Poppy Appeal does.