Remembrance Day (Saturday November 11) will soon be here, so you might want to dig out your poppy, or better still buy a new one (though we recognise that not everyone thinks it appropriate to support this cause).
If you do, however, do you know the proper etiquette? No? Well, I didn’t either, so I looked it up and you will be relieved to hear there isn’t any! There are urban myths about whether you wear your poppy on the left or right, and when exactly you should start and finish wearing it, but you can wear it where you like (as long as it’s not likely to be considered disrespectful) and when you like. Generally, from about now until Remembrance Sunday (the first Sunday after the 11th) is usually accepted period.
Saturday November 11 at 11.00 am: a two minute silence will be observed at Pump Hill (opposite the Memorial Hall). If you are in town at the time, and don’t wish to join in, please respect those who do.
Sunday November 12 at 10.40 am: a Parade will leave the Moorside Club & Bar led by the Town Band, marching to All Saints Church; followed by the Service of Remembrance and laying of the wreath, church service and march back to the Moorside Club & Bar, where the Band will give a short entertainment.
In addition, there is a Festival of Remembrance with the Swinton Excelsior Band, Scarborough Sea Cadets and Declan Suddaby, at Norton College, 7.30 pm on Friday November 10. Tickets on the door £5.50, £3.50 concessions.
And if that brilliant display of knitted flowers in Kirkby church recently has inspired you to have a go, why not start with a poppy? There’s a fairly easy pattern here.