Over the last decade Remembrance Sunday here in Wednesfield has appeared to grow, and now is one of those days that attract big community support. The organisrs of the Parade and March must feel very gratified as year on year the Parade grows that little bit more!
I know I have been attending these events since 1981, and the turn-out now is the best it has ever been in my humble opinion.
I pay tribute to the organisers, as it is hard to get the Military, and the Bands on a day like Remembrance Sunday, when you inevitably have to compete against Big City & Town venues like Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Coventry, Walsall and Dudley. All of which will have competing events on the same day and time.
Yet here in Wednesfield we have seen the Civic part of our Parade hold its own and still grow. City Councillors from Wednesfield North & South attended the Wednesfield Parade yet again, along with Wolverhampton North East MP Emma Reynolds.
But I was particularly delighted to see The Bishop of Wolverhampton taking his place in the St Thomas’s Church Pulpit and delivering the sermon. That made my day! It also signified that our Wednesfield organisation, is now a significant event in Church and Civic diaries.
That is down to the good organisation of our event, and the fact that our Wednesfield community is so supportive of Remembrance Day. The link between our great community and the fallen, those men and women who gave their lives to defend our democracy is important still in our Village of today. Hundreds of Wednesfield citizens watched the Parade, and attended the Church Service. The Church was full both down stairs and upstairs!
Then when the congregation emerged from the Church to take the short walk to the Remembrance Gardens, we did so to the sight of hundreds more Villagers who were waiting outside of the Church! It was indeed a joyful site and impressed again on me, the huge community spirit we see growing in Wednesfield.