11am service up for vote

Ilkeston Remembrance day service.
Ilkeston Remembrance day service.

The hundreds of townsfolk who came out to support Remembrance Sunday in Ilkeston this year has prompted a council debate on whether to now hold the official service at 11am every year.

Next week, councillors will get the chance to vote on whether the service in Ilkeston should be changed from 3pm, which it has been for many years.

The results of a public consultation on whether to change the ‘traditional’ service time have started to be looked at by the council and leader Cllr Chirs Corbett said that early signs show strong support for an 11am service.

“It is clear from the responses we have seen so far from the council’s public consultation and from the very large attendance at this year’s service and parade in Ilkeston that the people of Erewash prefer an 11am event,” he said.

“I have always said that the proper time to make a decision on whether to change from the traditional Sunday afternoon timing was after we have had the benefit of seeing the reaction to Remembrance Sunday falling on November 11, which has happened this year.”

Tory councillors Val Custance and Mary Hopkinson, who both represent Ilkeston wards, will ask the council to vote next Thursday night at Long Eaton Town Hall.

But Cllr Corbett said that he has reservations about changing the time.

“Personally, I have always had concerns about the potential impact of Ilkeston, West Hallam and Long Eaton having their services at the same time.

“I have always attended Ilkeston in the afternoon, just as I do at Long Eaton in the morning and Sandiacre in the evening, but I will not be able to do that in future if the decision is to change Ilkeston to 11am.

“The same can be said for many other people who like to go to both Ilkeston and Long Eaton.”

He said, however, that the decision should not be party political and he called on Labour councillors, who have been outspoken in their support for an 11am service, to ‘vote according to their consciences without the pressure of a party whip’.