ON Saturday, Grimsby Town Football Club will be hosting a remembrance event, to commemorate 100 years since the end of the Battle of the Somme. In addition to this, we will have the naming ceremony of the new Mariners Trust Bar, the Wheelhouse Bar sponsored by Heineken. This will be opened by the grandson of former Grimsby Town captain Sidney Wheelhouse, Ted. Sidney not only captained Grimsby Town, he also played for Clapton Orient during the 1st World War, where he then enlisted in the Football’s Battalion. We are also approaching the 100 year anniversary (19th September) in which Sidney Wheelhouse died as a result of the injuries he sustained in action.
We will be selling commemorative Battle of the Somme pin badges around the ground and within the ticket office & club shop, which will be available for £2.00. In addition, we will be selling commemorative Battle of the Somme crosses from the Main Stand turnstiles for £1.50, where we are encouraging all fans to help create a sea of remembrance prior to kick off. All contributions and proceeds will go directly to the Royal British Legion. We will also have Royal Air Force veterans in attendance, who will be collecting donations on behalf of local veterans and families.
Prior to kick-off, both teams will enter the pitch early and form a guard of honour on the centre circle. This will also include standard bearers, with Battle of the Somme pipe tunes being performed by Danny Fleming. We will then have a wreath laying ceremony, with both clubs collectively remembering the fallen. These will be laid on behalf of the Mayor of the North East Lincolnshire Council, Lee Mullen on behalf of the Grimsby Town Football Club directors, the Grandson of Sidney Wheelhouse, a representative of the Mariners Trust and Paul Hurst, representing the squad of Grimsby Town.
Following this, the referee will signal silence in the crowd by blowing his whistle, in which The Last Post will begin to be performed. During this, we encourage all supporters to stand, with those in the Main Stand who have purchased commemorative crosses encouraged to raise them aloft. This will then be followed by a minute’s silence and then followed by the performance of Reveille. The referee will signal the end of the commemoration by blowing his whistle for a second time.