In the House of Commons Stephen Doughty, Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, has paid tribute to the British Legion and to the work being done by local Penarth people in support of the annual Poppy Appeal, including the proprietor of Pizza Pronto – ex commando Kevin Halborg .
Doughty had secured a debate on the motion “That this House
has considered raising awareness of a new generation of veterans and Service personnel”.
In his opening speech he said he hoped MPs would find common ground in the season of what he called “remembrancetide” and consider “the issues facing a new generation of veterans and service personnel “.
Doughty referred to Room 617 in Penarth Pier Pavilion – named after the WW2 Dambusters Squadron – noting that “Guy Gibson was famously a resident of Penarth“and that the room was “being used for fellowship, and by charities to support veterans and former service personnel living in Penarth.”
Doughty also told MPs “Another innovative step is the work of Pizza Pronto, a pizza service in Cardiff Bay and Penarth set up by former personnel Kevin Halborg and Simeon Rabaiotti. Kevin is an ex-commando and takes great pride every year in ensuring that Pizza Pronto is covered with poppies in honour of remembrancetide. ”
He said the Poppy Appeal was “To the memory of the fallen and the future of the living” and said “It is crucial that we rethink remembrance, not out of disrespect for the generations before—they will always have our respect and gratitude for what they did for us—but because we need to think about the challenges facing the younger generation.”