Royal British Legion shuts road for event

The Remembrance Service in Lee-on-the-Solent
The Remembrance Service in Lee-on-the-Solent

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PEOPLE have praised members of the Royal British Legion who stepped in to stop traffic at a remembrance service.

It comes as those gathered at the sunken garden in Lee-on-the-Solent said Sunday’s service was the first in years to be quiet as previous ceremonies had fallen victim to noise problems.

Anna Brown, 74, of Portsmouth Road, was there with her husband Stephen, 64, who served in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in the Falklands conflict.

She said: ‘This year, for the first time ever, the British Legion actually took it on themselves to shut the road.

‘It was just the final straw. It was quiet apart from jet skiers.’

The legion members’ action came as police did not close the road for the silence.

Councillor Graham Burgess, in charge of the community board at Gosport Borough Council, said police were asked to close the road. He said: ‘The police were going to do it for the two-minute silence.

‘That was in response to problems we had last year.’

Cllr Burgess added: ‘It’s all part of the Big Society, they took part, they took action. I fully commend their actions.’

Hampshire Constabulary’s Gosport and Fareham districts commander, Chief Inspector Jim Pegler said: ‘The process for remembrance events is that organisers apply for specific road closures.

‘It’s regrettable that communication on this occasion appears to have broken down.

‘I’ll be contacting the council to help ensure planning can run smoothly next year.’