Service time change angers councillor
10:17am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
PLANS to move Llandysul’s remembrance service to the morning have led to a Legion stalwart stepping down from the event’s organisation.
Cllr Terry Griffiths told last week’s meeting of Llandysul Community Council he was no longer involved in the organisation of the Remembrance Service at the local parish church.
He said: “The new vicar decided that the service will take place at 11am not 3.30pm as it has been for the last 50 years.”
He added that the afternoon service was decided on because it did not interfere with other activities being held in the local area on that day.
Cllr Griffiths said that while there was no longer a branch of the Royal British Legion in the village, there were still a great number of ex-servicemen living in the area who wanted to pay their respects to the fallen.
He said: “I have been involved with this event since 1997, and have been organising it since 2002. But as far as I am concerned I am no longer involved in the organisation.”
He added: “The decision to hold the service in the afternoon has been accepted by eight vicars over the years. One of the results of that is that we get a full church.”
Rev Gareth Reid, who will be holding his first remembrance in the parish this year, told the Tivy-Side the service would be held at 11am to bring it in line with the national act of Remembrance and the two minutes’ silence.
He said: “There’s something quite special that at that moment in Llandysul we will be standing together with people across the whole nation.”
He added: “I am aware of the importance of Remembrance, and my role and the church’s role, as we pay our respects.”
The Remembrance procession will start at 10.45am on November 10, from the village car park to arrive at Llandysul church by 11am for the service.
Cllr Tom Cowcher will lay a wreath to represent the community council and Cllr Peter Evans will represent Ceredigion County Council. Cllr Griffiths will represent the council at the Capel Dewi service.