War heroes to get freedom of Nelson

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NELSON veterans who fought in the Second World War are to be given the freedom of the town.

The town council is tracking down all the veterans who live in the area to bestow the honour on them.

The project coincides with the 90th anniversary of Nelson’s Royal British Legion branch being created.

Town councillor Eileen Ansar said: “We are losing generations now and getting to the stage where the younger generation don’t understand what happened and what it was all about.

“It is important to remember what they did and what they gave to ensure we could live as we do now.

“It seemed like an important time to do this, especially with the legion’s 90th anniversary this year, and it is a great way to honour the veterans from Nelson to whom we owe so much.”

A similar scheme this year saw 23 ex-servicemen aged between 86 and 94 given the Freedom of Earby. So far, ten veterans have been located in Nelson.

Coun Ansar said: “At the moment it is a case of tracking them down. I would expect there to be many more out there which we need to find or hear from.

“We want to hear from Nelsoners, and those from Barrowford under a Nelson postcode, and we don’t want to miss anyone out.

“It will be a great day. We will be putting on a lunch for the veterans and giving them the freedom of the town at the same time.”

Any veterans from the First or Second World War who have not yet been contacted by the town council can get in touch with the clerk, Martin Harrison, by calling 07735 350735 or e-mailing martin. harrison1@btconnect.com.

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5:34pm Thu 15 Nov 12

mavrick says...

What good will it do them after all this time. It seems more patronising than respectful. I am afraid today's young people can't appreciate what happened and to be honest I don't think they really care anymore. The world has moved on dramatically since the great wars and people have different attitudes today. People would not go marching off to war like they did,
What good will it do them after all this time. It seems more patronising than respectful. I am afraid today's young people can't appreciate what happened and to be honest I don't think they really care anymore. The world has moved on dramatically since the great wars and people have different attitudes today. People would not go marching off to war like they did, mavrick
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6:59pm Thu 15 Nov 12

2 for 5p says...

mavrick wrote:
What good will it do them after all this time. It seems more patronising than respectful. I am afraid today's young people can't appreciate what happened and to be honest I don't think they really care anymore. The world has moved on dramatically since the great wars and people have different attitudes today. People would not go marching off to war like they did,
That's quite correct I'm in my 40s and I couldn't give a ar#s3 about what hapened 100 years ago and 70 years ago .
All these wars the UK was never at direct threat to normall run of the mill working class people the peole who stood to lose anything ( the controling and ruling classes ) ph and were they fighting bet not they would all be officers fighting about 60 miles behind the front lIne.
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: What good will it do them after all this time. It seems more patronising than respectful. I am afraid today's young people can't appreciate what happened and to be honest I don't think they really care anymore. The world has moved on dramatically since the great wars and people have different attitudes today. People would not go marching off to war like they did,[/p][/quote]That's quite correct I'm in my 40s and I couldn't give a ar#s3 about what hapened 100 years ago and 70 years ago . All these wars the UK was never at direct threat to normall run of the mill working class people the peole who stood to lose anything ( the controling and ruling classes ) ph and were they fighting bet not they would all be officers fighting about 60 miles behind the front lIne. 2 for 5p
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11:05am Fri 16 Nov 12

bikerjohn_uk says...

Just shows how ignorant you both are. In both the First and Second World Wars Britain was in sever danger of being annexed by Germany. In the First World War, the country nearly starved; in the second we had a narrow escape because of our high-and-mighty attitude, and the ultimately ridiculous policy of appeasement. Whether they wanted to or not, our veterans fought so that we could maintain our freedoms and our right to democracy. And as for young people today not giving a toss, that patently isn't true - gratitude to our armed forces and our veterans is probably more directly relevant now than it has been in a long time, and it's good to see that the younger generation is prepared to keep on supporting them. Ignoramii like yoursleves should be run out of town if these fine folk are given the freedom of it.
Just shows how ignorant you both are. In both the First and Second World Wars Britain was in sever danger of being annexed by Germany. In the First World War, the country nearly starved; in the second we had a narrow escape because of our high-and-mighty attitude, and the ultimately ridiculous policy of appeasement. Whether they wanted to or not, our veterans fought so that we could maintain our freedoms and our right to democracy. And as for young people today not giving a toss, that patently isn't true - gratitude to our armed forces and our veterans is probably more directly relevant now than it has been in a long time, and it's good to see that the younger generation is prepared to keep on supporting them. Ignoramii like yoursleves should be run out of town if these fine folk are given the freedom of it. bikerjohn_uk
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2:28pm Fri 16 Nov 12

HecticBigBoy says...

If the clowns who think the wars didn't have any effect on Lancashire mill towns, they should listen to Mike Hardings 'Accrington Pals' and read about how many went to war and never returned.

They gave their lives so we can have ours!!!

Never forget.
If the clowns who think the wars didn't have any effect on Lancashire mill towns, they should listen to Mike Hardings 'Accrington Pals' and read about how many went to war and never returned. They gave their lives so we can have ours!!! Never forget. HecticBigBoy
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