Following today’s Armistice Centenary commemorations we’ve had a number of appeals asking us do we know anything about the ‘poppy situation’ or rather the ‘non-poppy situation’ at Wallasey Town Hall.
Among the pleas are these :
Looking at the national news and the lengths that communities have gone to commemorate the end of World War 1. The fact that Wallasey Town Hall remains when ,streets,shops etc all over the country have been working for years for this day. Sunday! 100 years on ,yet the town hall in Wallasey is empty. Its poppy has been a focal point for years . Nowhere to be seen,yet no-one seems to care .It’s staggering. It’s not newsworthy.It’s incredible yet social media is condemning all who are not remembering. Where was our WALLASEY TOWN HALL POPPY? Where is our town hall contribution?
Another message read :
My grandad’s parade will leave the Royal British Legion ,Wallasey at 10.15 am passing our town hall with no poppy to be followed by a service at the War Memorial at Magazine Parade, New Brighton, New Brighton ,at 10.55
Birkenhead Town Hall has its poppy. Liverpool and St George’s Hall have hundreds . So where is Wallasey’s ? ‘Eyes right’ … when our veterans walk past this will not be shouted this year. No,not this year, of all years ! Answers please !!!!
Although perhaps the questions should be directed elsewhere we’ve done what we can on this momentous day to answer them.
First of all we’d like to make the observation as to whether Wirral’s councillors or managers noticed the omission or did anything to address it ? Or is it all about Birkenhead Town Hall this year (and we all know who’s pulling those strings there don’t we boys and girls?)
An initial enquiry about the poppy omission at Wallasey Town Hall led to the response : “Some sort of cock up apparently” . Further enquiries reveal that the poppy was damaged last year and despite the fact that one whole year has passed and that 2018 was particularly significant, a repair was not arranged in time. Which leads us to scream at someone : YOU HAD ONE JOB !
Apparently the damaged poppy was dragged up from the basement this week for a photoshoot and then swiftly dragged back down when awkward questions were asked about why it wasn’t up outside Wallasey Town Hall.
So whilst we know in the scheme of things getting a poppy up outside Wallasey Town Hall isn’t the worse thing that Wirral Council have done but we’re talking about symbolism here and the poppy itself is one of the most potent symbols we know. So as far as we’re concerned this sorry story symbolises everything about Wirral Council.
File under CBA (Can’t Be Arsed). What a way to commemorate the fallen.