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Following reports over the future of Remembrance Sunday parades in Walsall, council leader Sean Coughlan and Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson have joined forces to reassure the public that the parades will go ahead.

The commitment will mean that for one year the council and Police and Crime Commissioner will jointly fund the road closures.

The commitment is for one year only while the council and police encourage event organisers to put alternative measures in place for their 2017 events.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: “On my watch, there was just no way that these parades would be cancelled.

“This announcement shows mine and Walsall Council’s commitment to honouring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today.”

Leader of Walsall Council Sean Coughlan said: “I am pleased that we have found a compromise for this year, which recognises the limited time available for event organisers to put in place safe arrangements for their parades.”

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