Tameside Council U-turn on poppies

Poppies are to be attached to lampposts in Stalybridge town centre following an about turn by Tameside Council.

Lee Stafford helping to place Poppies on trees on Melbourne Street

After the furore following the ban on traders putting up poppies on health and safety grounds – they said lampposts needed to be “stress and push tested” – they have had a change of mind.


The council is to install the poppies on behalf of the community to ensure it complies with “safety and insurance requirements”.


A spokesperson from Tameside Council said: “Remembrance is important to us and our community. We work closely together to organise and support many events in relation to remembrance – we are supporting 25 remembrance events in Tameside this year for Remembrance Day.

Ruth and John Rees with Lee Stafford

“Tameside Council was also earlier this year recognised with the Armed Services Covenant Gold Award, which is given to organisations that align their values to the Armed Services Covenant and pledge, demonstrate and advocate support to defence and the armed forces community.


“In relation to the request to install poppies onto lampposts, safety has always got to be a priority on any issue relating to the highway, so we have taken the decision to install the poppies on behalf of the community to ensure it is done with all due regard to safety and insurance requirements.


“In the meantime, we are pleased to see our suggestion of displaying poppies on trees on Melbourne Street in Stalybridge has also been taken up. We share in and fully support our local community’s desire to display poppies with pride and honour all those who have served in the Armed Services and we are pleased we have been able to work together to resolve this.”

Melbourne Street, Stalybridge

A spokesperson from the Royal British Legion added: “The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal is one of the nation’s largest and best-loved charitable appeals and we are grateful to Tameside Council and all traders, commercial enterprises and organisation who allow poppies to be displayed on their property or premises to show their support for the Poppy Appeal and the wider Armed Forces Community.


“Under no circumstances, would the Legion support the boycott or public “naming and shaming” of organisations in relation to how they are able to support the Appeal.”


One Reply to “Tameside Council U-turn on poppies”

  1. What a pathetic cop out by our ridiculous council. Wait until the good folks of Stalybridge have already put the poppies up on trees and then crack on that they’re being oh so helpful.
    Like I say, pathetic.

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