Ajex fears for parade

The chair of Manchester Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women has warned that this year's local Ajex parade could be the last.

Malcolm Solomons fears that the heroism of Jews in the wartime forces may not be relayed to the young generation as veterans die or become too frail to participate in marches or educational activities.

He wants community members to wear the medals of their parents and grandparents at the commemoration at north Manchester's Heathlands Care Village on Sunday week.

"They should attend the parade in order to remember the past and make a better future," he said. "We're all indebted to the boys who fought so we can live in beautiful country that is fair to everybody."

Bury South MP Ivan Lewis, the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire and police inspectors will be among the parade guests. But Mr Solomons says no volunteers have come forward to form a band, forcing his committee to draw on dwindling funds to hire one.

Liverpool Ajex chairman Mervin Kingston, who will join the Manchester parade, says such events are a tool to combat antisemitism.

"Children should learn about what we were fighting for."

    Last updated: 2:01pm, June 3 2010