Why film director Ken Loach will be in Bedworth next week

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Nuneatons famed son Ken Loach will be in Bedworth next week for a special reason.

The film director will officially open the new Armistice saluting base on Rye Piece Ringway.

He has been asked to unveil the special tribute on what is World Peace Day – Tuesday, September 21.

As we reported in ournewsletter, the base will form part of the incredible shrine that has been created along Rye Piece Ringway – as homage to the fact thatBedworthis the only town outside of London to have always observed Armistice Day.

A lane of the main road will be cordoned off as the party, including standard bearers and a horn section, will march from the Ex-Servicemens Club to the new saluting base just yards up the road.

They are due to muster at 10.30am with the ceremony due to take place at 11am.

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It will be quite the spectacle according to Ken Whitehead, chair of the Bedworth Armistice Day Parade group,

It should be a really great morning, we are really looking forward to it, he said.

We will have trumpets, standard bearers there, the lot. It is important for us to have Frank Parsons there with us and the Bedworth Heritage Centre have given us a marble photograph of him, which we donated to an exhibition, which will be laid by the gates -so that he is there for it.

We will also have theTommy statuethat was bought by the Bedworth Lions, which will make it perfect.

He went on: We are really pleased Ken has agreed to come along, we all know he was born in Nuneaton but his family originally come from Bedworth.

This (the saluting base) has been a long time in the making, lots of people have worked hard on this, so many people have been generous with their money and their time, so we are just really looking forward to getting it officially unveiled now.

The saluting base will be just yards from another proud Armistice memorial – theArmistice Gates and commemorative wall.

The 20ft long podium, which will be used as a permanent saluting base for the annual parade, contains a series of specially chosen words – somecreated by Bedworth schoolchildren.

The opening ceremony will kick-start what is a special few months for the Armistice committee.

This year the Bedworth Armistices Parade is celebrating its 100th year – and one in which they are looking forward to welcoming the famed crowds back following the Covid-19 pandemic after only a small gathering could take place last year.

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