The traditional – British Legion-organised  – Remembrance Sunday procession marches along Stanwell Road en route to the Garden of Remembrance at Rectory Road

Last night Penarth Town Councillors heard more details of the proposals to re-vamp the town’s traditional Remembrance Sunday commemoration being put forward by a group of local ex-servicemen [first reported by PDN last month – see .

Ex commando and Penarth businessman Kevin Halborg.

The council last night received a presentation from Kevin Halborg – the distinguished veteran who runs the well-known Pizza Pronto outlet in Stanwell Road – which is festooned with British Legion poppies every November.

Councillors heard that the proposals “aspire to engage and directly involve the wider community of both civilian and military backgrounds“. A council report said the event could:-

  • “Showcase the town as an attractive, viable and well-visited town that can boost the economy on the day of the event – and also n subsequent dates. “
  • “Increase funding for the Royal British Legion and associated charities.”
  • “Assist the military with recruitment to the armed forces.”

Mr Halborg’s consortium intends to involve a variety of military units and personnel in the Remembrance Sunday event itself.

A contngent from the army in last year’s Remembrance Sunday Parade (Photo Adrian Goldsworthy)

There would be  “parade command and control, service and recruitment display” teams to be deployed at key points throughout the town  to “generate a military theme that is deemed appropriate for the day”  .

Another idea is to use the names of fallen in “visual displays” to be erected  throughout the town and the Vale of Glamorgan.

This plaque on the wall of 2 Archer Road, Penarth commemorates Dambusters’ leader Wng Cdr Guy Gibson who once lived there

It’s also suggested that houses in the town where those killed in conflict since 1914 once lived  should have a “named symbol of remembrance” displayed on them.

For those taking part in the march, it’s proposed that the post-parade refreshments which were once served in the former British Legion HQ at Station Approach should now be served in the Penarth Ex-Servicemen’s Club in Windsor Road. Mini-buses would be provided to transport elderly veterans between venues.

The council report says no specific costings have been identified at this stage .

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  1. It would be absolutely great to see the pavilion host such an event after the official march and ceremony in recognition of those from Penarth who gave their lives – I love ❤️ Penarth and pavilion campaign – lets hope it’s on the programme but I very much doubt it at this stage of our fight for accountability of 6 million pounds spent. After all how much would a free cup of tea for each guest and a Welsh cake cost them.!! I’d be happy to donate the Welsh cakes with others and serve the tea – no labour charges pacl!

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