As in previous years, Walsall Council will be supporting this year’s remembrance commemorations by making parking on the council’s pay and display car parks, as well as its on-street pay and display bays, free to use on Sunday 11 November 2018 for those wishing to pay their respects at the Civic Parade in Walsall town centre.
Councillor Adrian Andrew, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Deputy Leader for Walsall Council said:
“The act of remembrance is sacred and so we want to make sure there are no barriers to our residents turning out to pay tribute to those who so bravely and selflessly gave their tomorrows for the freedoms we enjoy today.”
“Walsall Council controls only around 20% of paid-for parking provision in Walsall town centre though, so I’d caution people coming to the Civic Parade in Walsall town centre to check the signage on the car park they use and ensure it is a council operated car park. I’d like to be clear that I am unable to make this offer on behalf of the privately run parking provision in the town centre.”
“Motorists should note that all other restrictions apply. For example, short stay car parks will still be short stay (maximum stay 4 hours) and blue badge bays will still only be for blue badge holders.”
Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Marco Longhi, has organised a special remembrance event which will take place in Walsall Town Hall following the Civic Parade. This free event, which runs from 11.30am to 3pm will feature an exhibition, including local artefacts of the time, displays from schools, live entertainment, greeting in period attire and air shelter displays.
The Mayor said:
“I do hope people will come along to support this commemorative event and learn more about Walsall’s experience of the First World War. Although the ‘Great War’ can feel a long way away from the here and now, for those of us privileged enough to have been Mayor of this wonderful borough, we’re all very conscious that a former Mayoress of Walsall, Mary Slater, lost her life in February 1916, as a result of the infamous German Zeppelin bombing raid in January of that year, the marks of which can still be seen in Bradford Place”.