PCC Supports keeping Lincolnshire's parades marching on
Remembrance parade organisers are being encouraged to take up free training and road signs to help keep the important tradition alive.
And the Police and Crime Commissioner hopes the initiative can help spark new parades to be established across the county.
Lincolnshire Police have joined forces with Lincolnshire County Council, to offer free training to help organisers handle requests to close roads and manage public safety.
This means current and future organisers less reliant on the council or police to establish, manage and carry out their parades.
Sessions will take place in July, with all attendees becoming ‘recognised parade supervisors’.
And as organisers sometimes struggle with the expense of providing the necessary road signs, the council has also agreed to lend organisers some of its own stock free of charge.
Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones said he hoped providing organisers with all the skills needed to manage these events may give rise to new parades in addition to the nearly 80 already established – and is keen to see the county reach 100 to mark the centenary of the RAF.
“I am a passionate supporter of Remembrance Day parades. They are a crucial part of our culture and an important way to commemorate and give thanks to those who sacrificed their lives to protect our freedoms.
“It is extremely important that we support the individuals and organisations who work tirelessly to ensure these important events take place.
“It is vital that such parades are viable and sustainable and I hope we can support new parades across the county. It would be fantastic to make RAF100 by reaching 100 parades.”
Assistant Chief Constable for Lincolnshire Police, Shaun West said: “These events remain close to our hearts and we will continue to come together with communities to pay our respects and enjoy the patriotic celebrations whenever we can.
“Over the last two years we have been working closely with organisers to develop their understanding of their roles and responsibilities in delivering events, ensuring that they are safe and lawful."
Cllr Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways at Lincolnshire County Council, added: "These parades are an important local tradition and we're keen to see them continue. This training will give the organisers a better idea of what's needed to keep everyone safe. That will give them a head start when drawing up their event plans, which should mean that we can get them approved more quickly.
"In addition, we know that having to provide signage and barriers can sometimes prove a sticking point, so we'll have a supply of these available for organisers to borrow free of charge. That should help ensure that people can continue to enjoy these great community events for years to come.”
Tony Goodwin, Lincolnshire Legion County Chairman for the Royal British Legion, said: “The Royal British Legion Lincolnshire support this initiative and have worked closely with the Lincolnshire Police previously to ensure Remembrance Parades are conducted safely and lawfully.”
All parade organisers have been contacted with an invitation to complete the training at Police and Fire HQ in Nettleham. Two training sessions have taken place and two more will take place on 7 July and 21 July. If you haven’t received an invitation and would like to attend please contact Lincolnshire Police’s Event Planning Team on 01522 558033.
For more information about applying to hold a public event which may affect the highway please visit the Lincolnshire County Council website.