As a mark of respect we in the Conservative Party do not campaign on Armistice Day or Remembrance Sunday. Instead we turn up to the services and pay our respects to all those who have served our country. This year both days fell one after the other and so we had a Remembrance Weekend. Next year – for the 100th anniversary – both events fall on the same day. This year, I attended Armistice Day services at Plymouth Road and joined the crowds for Sunday’s service outside St. Stephen’s Church in our town centre.

We stood together as a Redditch community in the cold and bitter wind to pray, sing and pause for those who faced far worse on the front lines. It was the least we could do.

I know the whole town will put in an even bigger effort next year for the 100th.

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