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A time and a place (Joe McElderry edition)

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Go Joe posters, South Shields

“Go Joe” posters mar Remembrance service

I don’t know how others feel about this, I took this picture on Sunday morning during the Remembrance Sunday service at Westoe Cenotaph, South Shields. The service and ceremony lasts no longer than one hour, a period during which local people in the community can reflect and think upon the sacrifices made by our armed services and merchantmen during times of conflict and war.

Much as I would be delighted if Joe McElderry wins ITV’s X Factor, I think it might have been appropriate if the management of the Westoe pub had removed these posters from their windows, even if just for an hour. The image portrayed was not in keeping with the sombre, respectful, ambience of the Remembrance Sunday ceremony, and I’m sure this one small sacrifice from them would have removed a small element of frivolity without affecting too much Joe’s chances.

Your thoughts?

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Written by curly

November 10, 2009 at 10:20 am

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  1. seriously?! come on curly do you honestly think half way through a remembrance service mourners would stop and consider who to vote for in a saturday night entertainment programme?! unlike yourself, people were there to remember those who have fallen for our country, not going out into the community with a chip on their shoulder with the view to find something else to complain about, it was about remembering those who we have lost! get off your soap box! oh and while were on the topic vote joe!


    November 10, 2009 at 11:42 am

  2. A little deference would not have come amiss Al, and of course I’m willing Joe to win, it would be a great fillip for the town.


    November 10, 2009 at 12:35 pm

  3. I do get what your saying, i’d understand if the window was facing the crowds but it just simply isn’t


    November 10, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    • Window not facing the people you see in the photograph but it is facing the vast majority of those who have just marched up from the Town Centre who are standing on the opposite side of the Cenotaph.


      November 11, 2009 at 12:36 am

  4. I happened to come across your article, “A time and place”. I most certainly understand where you are coming from, but feel you might be interested in looking at it from a different perspective. Well, at least the way I see it!… No one would probably have been aware or taken notice of this issue, had you not drawn their attention to it, through your photograph and article, but, I’m glad you did. Because, it compels me to ask everyone, why do we observe a day of Remembrance? Yes! To remember our fellow country men and women, who sacrificed their lives, so that we can continue to enjoy life without tyranny and have the freedom to express our good wills for the betterment of all. So for me to look at your photograph, it has a very special meaning. It captures the essence of poignancy of the occasion, but also reminds me when looking at the pictures within the picture why our war dead sacrificed their lives. Curly, I thank you for giving me a new window to share my thoughts and appreciate your article and site immensely. Victory to young Joe, The Noble Knight!


    November 11, 2009 at 12:46 am

    • I certainly was not the only one to notice this window, and I know for a fact that I was not the only one to photograph this scene (I just happen to be the only one publishing it right now). You are right the occasion is to remember those who made huge sacrifices with their lives, shame the Westoe Pub could not have sacrificed Joe’s celebrity modelled publicity machine for one measly hour.


      November 11, 2009 at 10:51 am

      • In remembering the fallen from both World wars and other conflicts, we should not hide from celebrating the very causes, for which these brave individuals fought with their lives. Your picture speaks countless words, the posters on the window speaks countless words, but all have one common factor in this context; to remember our war dead and also to celebrate our freedom. I see no offense in that, other than a display of our freedom.


        November 11, 2009 at 3:08 pm

  5. There is nothing frivolous in what; Young, Joseph McElderry is doing in this moment of time. The young lad is pursuing his dream and in doing so, has brought a great deal of attention to your region. This humble young lad, has attracted, through his gifted talent of voice and song and humility, an insatiable interest throughout the nation and beyond these shores, for people to have a closer study of their youth and their hidden talents. To see how best to encourage these talents, whether it be in the arts, music or other disciplines, so as, to further their cause and aspirations for self respect, dignity and self worth. A community of youth, with respect and self worth, is a community in growth with prosperity.


    November 11, 2009 at 5:03 pm

  6. […] South Tyneside that our honoured veterans can be described as “better off dead”, whilst others in the community are more concerned about promoting the preposterous ideas that those brave souls who landed on the […]

  7. these good people are there to mourn there lost ones in wars. a sad time for them . joe has given them hope and just think how happy they will be if he wins for them . these people have to move on in life and its good that things happen to cheer them up in there hour of grief. vote for joe and make them happy

    len hudson

    December 5, 2009 at 1:34 am

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