H&S bastards Part 2
A traditional shower of poppies planned for a Remembrance Day service in Sandwell has had to be scrapped because of Health and Safety regulations.
In previous years thousands of paper poppy petals have been released during the minute's silence at the packed event in West Bromwich town hall.
But the emotional tribute which has been part of the annual service since before the Second World War has now been banned.
Fire inspectors who visited the venue in the town High Street said the practice breached health and safety regulations. They believe the paper poppy petals would be a fire hazard.
But Sandwell Council today vowed to raise the matter with the West Midlands Fire Service as a matter of urgency.
Councillor Keith Davies, cabinet member for community, today criticised the decision and accused "jobsworths" of ruining the event.
He said: "I'm absolutely furious about this and I shall be looking into this myself personally. We have to remember why we are doing this. We're doing this to mark the sacrifice of thousands of servicemen and women.
"For some jobsworth to come along and decide this is not on."
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