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By Debbie le Quesne

Marching slower – a lesson for us all in adapting to ageing

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I really intended to do this earlier, so please forgive me if this appears a little overdue. Ifind Remembrance Day deeply moving as we recall past and present heroes of conflict.

Like so many others, I watched the news bulletins, observed a silent tribute and dipped in and out of the televised Cenotaph commemoration.

But I was also touched by a lovely tale in the Mirror where a Remembrance Day parade was slowed down because elderly veterans were worried they’d be left behind.

Ex-servicemen Robin Scott-Smith, aged 79, complained that he could hardly catch his breath at the march through last year.

Council bosses moved swiftly to announce they would “alter the pace accordingly” at this year’s parade in Bolton, Greater Manchester.

Mr Scott-Smith had said that some of the veterans were elderly and could not walk at the faster pace of the younger ones, and felt they could no longer take part.

Great outcome and a triumph for the elderly. Good isn’t it – one lone voice changed a whole parade and brought a whole new dynamic to personalised care. Well done, Robin.

 

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Written by debbielq

November 27, 2015 at 9:50 am

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