Red tape threatens Skegness Remembrance Parade

Red tape has shortened the Skegness Remembrance Parade.
Red tape has shortened the Skegness Remembrance Parade.
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Bureaucratic red tape has forced the shortening of Skegness’s Remembrance Parade and could see it cut completely, the Royal British Legion has warned.

Branch chairman Les Constantine says the officious regulations governing parades have made it too expensive and laborious to operate the full route and has hit out at the ‘ridiculous’ system.

“The health and safety and the new rules and regulations are making our job a lot harder,” he said.

“It’s getting ridiculous - you can’t just use common sense anymore - it gets worse every year.”

“You can’t do this, you can’t do that - it gets to the stage where you wonder whether it’s worth it.”

The parade will now assemble at Tower Esplanade from 10am setting off at 10.30am, turning right at the Clock Tower onto Grand Parade then left down Scarbrough Esplanade towards St Matthew’s Church where it is due to arrive at 10.45am.

The new route misses out Lumley Road altogether as they RBL were not permitted to travel down Lumley Avenue after the introduction of the pedestrian crossing.

Although Mr Constantine is angered by the regulations, he refuses to blame the local authorities or police, which he says are just complying with the guidelines.

“They’ve got no powers,” he said.

“The police are not even required to help out - they are doing it out of the goodness of their heart - by rights we should have hired a private contractor.”

Meanwhile, the Skegness RBL is hosing a special event on Wednesday, October 16, when Chelsea Pensioner Brian Cumming MBE will be giving a talk at the Savoy Hotel on North Parade from 2.30pm.

Tickets cost £5, including a buffet, and are available from Mr Constantine on 01754 612217, Fred Hoyles at the Ex Servicemen’s Club on 01754 762113, Frank Woods on 01754 763119 or the Savoy Hotel on 01754 763371.