See cyclist ride through Hartlepool's Remembrance Sunday parade sparking public outrage

An impatient cyclist has been slammed for showing a lack of respect after being filmed riding through Hartlepool’s Remembrance Sunday parade.

Monday, 11th November 2019, 11:29 am
Updated Wednesday, 13th November 2019, 2:26 pm

An unidentified male rode across Victoria Road as the parade, featuring veterans and cadets, rounded the corner from the Market Square on their way to the war memorial in Victory Square.

The moment was captured on camera by local amateur photographer Carl Gorse who videoed the procession.

It shows the cyclist apparently waiting and watching the parade, but during a slight gap rides straight through it across the road which had been closed off specially for the event.

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The cyclist riding through the parade in Victoria Road, Hartlepool.
The cyclist riding through the parade in Victoria Road, Hartlepool.

Carl said: “I think it was absolutely disgusting. There was no respect at all.

“He was not far off knocking one of them down when he went over.

“I go down and video it every year. The reason I do is to show your respects and for people who can’t get down as well.”

Hartlepool’s Poppy Appeal organiser Sian Cameron also hit out at the incident.

Hartlepool Remembrance parade, Victory Square. Picture by FRANK REID

She said: “Remembrance Sunday is a time when we should all stop and reflect.

“It’s unnecessary. He could have waited five minutes.

“Unless it’s an ambulance, I don’t believe for one second anyone needs to disrupt the remembrance service.”

Many angry people commented on the cyclist after Carl shared the video on the Town of Hartlepool Facebook community page.

A woman commented: “No respect at all ( the lad on bike ) disgraceful.”

Another observer said: “Get him on National Service teach him some manners.”

Other comments included: “Disgusting” and another person said he should “hang your head in shame”.

It was conducted by the Reverend Norman Shave of Stranton Church and attended by numerous civic dignitaries and ex-servicemen and women who laid wreaths.

Victory Square was also carpeted with hundreds of small wooden crosses with poppies on planted by volunteers from the Field of Remembrance project.

Each cross was dedicated to a named Hartlepool soldier who died at war.