Address given at the reception at the Village Centre Birchington on Remembrance Sunday 9th November 2014
by the Chairman of Birchington Parish Council
Cllr Dr Jack Cohen MGDS LDS RCS Eng.
Thank you all for coming and Birchington Parish Council extends a warm welcome.
We must first recognise the excellent Parade produced by the British Legion and in particular their two dedicated organisers ,namely the Parade Master Brian White so ably supported by his wife Jan. Their work is relentless throughout the year in ensuring the smooth running of the Birchington Branch of the British Legion.
As usual Liam Doogan ,our Community Warden has been a linchpin in our security and safety on the roads around us today in tandem with our ever vigilant PCSO Shaun Riches ably assisted by a team of volunteer Road Stewards. Thank you all for your conscientious efforts on our behalf.
The Village Centre has produced its usual excellent facilities that are managed so well by Leon Cox.
As ever our reliable caterer Vi Craven has once again done us proud.
The Reverend Don Witts rendered a sensitive sincere service, that added to the level of solemnity of the day , allowing us to reflect on the momentous depth of the occasion. We also appreciate the excellent support given by the Reverend Ben Crick.
Our sincere thanks go to our French colleagues making the long journey from La Chappelle to be at our side. Your regular attendance on such occasions is very much appreciated by the Birchington community.
Mr Mayor, Bernard Coisne , I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your resounding election result this year, gaining 75% of the vote and giving you a further term of office. Your reputation is awesome and invincible.
Finally Birchington Parish Council thanks all of those that made up our noble parade, there were many veterans with us that we honour and respect. They have given so much to their country and risked life and limb that allows us to be here today as free people.
But I must also recognise the excellent contribution made by our young participants, that are the future of our wonderful country.
Birchington youth ,we are proud of you and your dedication and your excellent performance.
You are a credit to those that organised your participation and in particular to your families. Thank you for helping to make this such a very fine and honourable day.