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Armed forces veterans question why Sunday Market continued on Remembrance

Posted on - 14th November, 2016 - 8:35pm | Author - | Posted in - News, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston Council
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Veterans march in the Remembrance parade

A number of war veterans have criticised the city council for continuing to run the Sunday Market during the Remembrance parade.

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Preston gathered on Sunday for the annual remembrance service on the Flag Market and troops and veterans form up on the Covered Market before parading through the city.

However Jason Brooksbank, who served 16 years in the forces, was surprised to see the trade continuing.

He said: “We always form up on the market and I saw the market had a car boot on it.

“Yes they may have one every week but for Remembrance Sunday you would think it wouldn’t be on. I thought it was a complete lack of respect shown.

“I was not the only one who noticed and passed comment on it.”

Mr Brooksbank, 43, from Bamber Bridge, said the veterans had been able to form up and continue the parade unhindered.

The Sunday Market, which began in the summer, runs each Sunday from 8am to 3pm under the Fish Market canopy. Anyone can book a stall for a small charge.

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Under the Fish Market canopy

A spokesman for the city council said as there were only around 10 stallholders they had not thought to cancel the market.

He said: “We have not had any formal complaints made about the Sunday Market, but we will obviously take any comments made on board for future years.

“There is a lot of work ongoing around the Markets area, with more to come. So we will review arrangements for future Remembrance Services.”

What do you think? Should the Sunday Market have been cancelled? Or should the traders have been free to trade? Let us know in the comments below

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