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Flintshire County Council apologises for Remembrance Day blunder in Deeside

THE county council has apologised for a gaffe which led to crowds gathering to mark Remembrance Day in Connah’s Quay a week early.

More than 50 people turned out at the cenotaph in High Street on Sunday after road signs showing the incorrect date for the service were put up in error.

Flintshire Labour group’s deputy leader Cllr Bernie Attridge said the misleading signs – which said the road would be closed on November 7 instead of November 14 – had caused upset and wasted public money.

“I was inundated with phone calls asking whether the date of the service had been moved,” he said.

“At first I thought it was some kind of sick joke. I went to investigate and immediately instructed the highways authority to remove the signs.”

Fearing people had seen the signs Cllr Attridge went to the cenotaph on Sunday morning, where crowds were waiting for the parade to come from the Civic Hall.

“Remembrance Day is a hard time for families who have lost love ones fighting for Queen and country,” he said. “So this gaffe has caused unnecessary upset. How could they get this so horribly wrong?

“One man was in full military uniform and an elderly lady was literally in tears.

“I want an immediate public apology from Flintshire County Council.”

Council leader Cllr Arnold Woolley said: “If people have been inconvenienced  as a result of a county council error, that is to be deeply regretted and apologised for.

“I am willing to make that apology on behalf of the county council administration as a whole.”

Neal Cockerton, head of assets and transportation at County Hall, said: “The signs were placed out on Friday and withdrawn on Saturday morning when we were made aware of the mistake.

“The error is extremely regrettable and we apologise for any distress it may have caused.”