Remembrance Sunday in Wednesfield – Great Turnout!

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Yesterday was Remembrance Sunday. It was a very nice day, cool but the Sun shone and we had the most marvellous turnout of citizens here in Wednesfield. It was a pleasure to be part of the Remembrance Day Parade, meeting with old friends and making new acquaintances.

The crowd seems to grow bigger each year.

Wednesfield North Labour Party and Wednesfield South Labour Party had strong representations, and it was good to see our Local MP Emma Reynolds choosing to attend the Wednesfield service. I was pleased to see our former MP’s wife Brenda Purchase and her family in the Garden of Remembrance, Ken was a big part of the Labour movement here in Wednesfield.

I apologise if I didn’t speak to you, it was a manic day and everyone was on short timescales.

During the wreath laying, my Brother in Law Frank Hill,  laid a wreath to remember his Uncle also named Frank, who died defending Singapore from the Japanese. It was an emotional day one that was entwined with Civic Duty and family remembrance.


Gunner Frank Hill died in Singapore aged 22. Buried in Changi, born in Wednesfield. “We will remember you”.

I was proud of Wednesfield yesterday! It was a marvellous Remembrance Sunday and I was proud to be part of it.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more