Two projects will raise the profile of Fylde’s armed forces veterans.
The Story 2 Tell project, backed by a £9,800 grant from the Ministry of Defence, aims to recruit young people and volunteers to record the memories and experiences of veterans from conflicts including the Second World War, Suez, the Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The project will see students, youth council volunteers and others record the memories of veterans – and stage an exhibition at libraries and public buildings across Fylde. Their work may be made into videos and books – an invaluable resource for future generations.
The separate £7,800 Get on Parade project will recruit veterans to marshal parades and carnivals.
Such processions nationwide have struggled in recent years to raise money for police marshalling, or to recruit trained stewards who can do the job effectively.
Coun Edward Nash, Fylde Council’s Armed Forces Representative and a former major in the Royal Artillery, said: “We believe there are more than 6,000 veterans in Fylde. Some are young men and women from recent conflicts, while others go back to the Second World War.
“They will be anything from 18 to 80, and they will have experiences ranging from combat to working in depots. They have all contributed to keeping the country free.”
The Get on Parade project to train veterans to marshal parades will start when 20 volunteers are found.
Veterans for Fylde helped with marshalling Kirkham Club Day and, it is hoped, will be able to help in future events.
Training will involve use of walkie-talkies, erection of barriers and crowd control.
Coun Nash added: “We hope we’ll be able to get about 20 trained stewards who will be able to marshal events across Fylde and further afield, earning money for the volunteers and the organisation.”
Any volunteers can contact Coun Nash on (01253) 713839 or email firstname.lastname@example.org