Another lovely sunny day, cold but with blue skies. I attended the Remembrance Day service at the Cenotapah in Christchurch Park, Ipswich. A large crowd was there, the largest crowd for several years. Perhaps due to the good weather or the war in Iraq? Many wreaths were laid with every organisation represented. Apart from the "Bevin Boys".
During the Second World War, Britain was heavily dependant on coal for heating and electricity but was short of miners, mainly because mining was a hard job with poor pay and conditions. Ernest Bevin, Minister for war production and former General Secretary of the TGWU decreed that one conscript in ten went into the mines. The Bevin Boys don't get much recognition for being forced into a horrible job and risking their lives underground.