In the link it says 100 people lined the road. Considering Wootton Bassett has an average population of 16.000 i'd say it wasn't an 'illustration of a small local town showing its respect to our fallen' but a very poor turnout which in this day and age isn't a surprise at all.
In the link it says 100 people lined the road. Considering Wootton Bassett has an average population of 16.000 i'd say it wasn't an 'illustration of a small local town showing its respect to our fallen' but a very poor turnout which in this day and age isn't a surprise at all
At least they turn out, been to Remberance Services where very few people turn out. Thanks Guys
I was actually passing through bassett today when the latest repatriation passed through. The police shut down the high street in both directions five minutes or so before the 4 hearses arrived, and bassett high street is normally VERY busy. As the procession came up the hill, all pedestrian traffic also paused, hats removed, heads bowed and eyes dabbed. The line up may have been only a 100 or so, but there was a good thousand or so in the high street itself, and they all stopped what they were doing and paid respect. There was not a sound, no voices no car horns.
I spoke to the local town crier afterwards, and found out that it is not widely advertised within the town that this happens which i think would explain the low turn out. Bearing also in mind in was mid afternoon on a wednesday, even before the school kids were let out.
Compare their respect to our fallen as opposed to those people who do not want a building for the families of wounded soldiers to stay in. I know which community I would rather be part of. Well done. Typical British attitude, low key, quiet, respectful and very powerful.
Just thought i would let the forum know that the three british tourists killed the other day in Portugal were from this town. Given the location of their home addresses, i think it likely they probably have participated in the acts of respect mentioned earlier in the thread.
Without wishing to add to the recent threads about the appropriateness of wishing RIP, i will do so here from the pov of a local, and a soldier touched by the towns show of respect to the Forces.