Todmorden war veteran loses fight for white poppy wreath

Todmorden war veteran loses fight for white poppy wreath

Todmorden war veteran loses fight for white poppy wreath

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A CAMPAIGN to lay a white poppy wreath during Todmorden’s remembrance ceremony has been defeated — for now.

Veteran Labour town councillor Frank McManus had led calls for the authority to be allowed to place a white poppy tribute at the service in Centre Vale Park.

The wreath is adopted by the Peace Pledge Union to remember “all the victims of war” and has been around since the 1930s.

But Royal British Legion supporters have strongly opposed the idea and the idea has been temporarily abandoned.

Todmorden’s annual remembrance service takes place in the Calderdale Council-owned park.

Willie Birch, chairman of the town’s Royal British Legion branch, said: “We are not against anyone laying a wreath if they want to.

“Coun McManus can lay a wreath if he wants to but Remembrance Sunday is not the appropriate time or place.”

Coun McManus also wanted the council’s policy of laying a red poppy wreath to be reviewed after 2018, the anniversay of the end of the Great War.

“The red poppy, in my opinion, is specific to the tragedies of World War One and Two,” he said.

Councillors heard he had laid a white poppy wreath when he previously served as the town’s mayor.

Coun McManus had seen his plan opposed by the council’s general purposes committee and it was defeated again at a full town council meeting.

Coun David O’Neill, who chairs the general purpose committee, said it was wrong for Coun McManus to try and revive his plans and urged him to wait until later in the year — closer to Remembrance Sunday — if he wanted to discuss the matter again.

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1:32pm Wed 30 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

BL you are a disgrace.
BL you are a disgrace. 2 for 5p
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1:55pm Wed 30 Jan 13

PK Bailey says...

BL you are right, this is the traditional way of remembrance and long may it remain!
BL you are right, this is the traditional way of remembrance and long may it remain! PK Bailey
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4:13pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Reality50 says...

Well done RBL. The white poppy is a left wing political statement and politics should not be allowed to infiltrate Remembrance services.I personally would ban all white poppies from services in law if i could. Peace Pledge Union are nothing more than a "front" for the discredited Marxist CND.
Well done RBL. The white poppy is a left wing political statement and politics should not be allowed to infiltrate Remembrance services.I personally would ban all white poppies from services in law if i could. Peace Pledge Union are nothing more than a "front" for the discredited Marxist CND. Reality50
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4:18pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Mothernature says...

Maybe they should lay a purple wreath to remember all the animals that died in the world wars. No-one seems to care that they sacrificed their lives too.
Maybe they should lay a purple wreath to remember all the animals that died in the world wars. No-one seems to care that they sacrificed their lives too. Mothernature
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9:09pm Wed 30 Jan 13

psch says...

What a load of bigots the RBL are.
What a load of bigots the RBL are. psch
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