Glenrothes remembrance parade saved

Armistace Parade at Glenrothes War Memorial in 2014
Armistace Parade at Glenrothes War Memorial in 2014

Fears that the town’s annual Remembrance Sunday parade and war memorial commemoration service would not take place have been eased.

A leading residents’ organisation has stepped in to make sure the event goes ahead as planned after hearing last week that the Armistice commemorations were about to be cancelled.

“We could not allow a town the size of Glenrothes to not have such a hugely important and significant like the Remembrance Sunday commemorations taking place,” said Ian Robertson from Glenrothes Area Residents Federation, the organisation now tasked with organising the event with just three weeks to spare.

He added: “We only have a very short period of time in which to apply for road closures and licences but I can categorically say that the event will take place as usual and I’ll be meeting with Fife Council this week to put the necessary plans in place.”

There had been growing concern among the public in recent weeks that the town would be left without an official parade following the closure of the Royal British Legion Club in Glenrothes in May.

A Fife Council spokesman confirmed to the Gazette that no requests to hold such an event had been applied for but that the local authority would give special attention to any application if it came in between now and Remembrance Sunday, which this year is scheduled for November 8.

Mr Robertson said he now wants to hear from any organisation, school or public group that wants to be involved.

“We’ll be contacting as many of the organisations that normally take part but we also want to hear from anyone that either is usually involved or wants to get involved for the first time,” he said.

Those wishing to be involved are urged to contact Ian on 01592 61113.

The news that the Glenrothes Area Residents Federation was taking on the responsibility of organising this year’s Armistice parade and wreath laying ceremony, has been warmly welcomed by Councillor Bill Brown, area committee chairman.

“I’m delighted to hear that the residents’ federation are working hard to make sure the parade goes ahead, it’s vitally important that the public have the opportunity to show their respects for all service personnel, past and present,” he said.

“I’ll be offering whatever practical support I can to help with permit requests.

“I’ll also be seeking to give more young people the chance to get involved in the Remembrance commemorations if they so wish.”