The wife of a serving member of the RAF has blasted the decision to allow a Viking re-enactment group to take part in Wellingborough’s Remembrance Sunday parade.
The Wellingborough branch of the Royal British Legion has confirmed that the local Bifrost Guard will attend the parade in full costume tomorrow.
The group is affiliated to the Armed Forces charity and has raised several hundred pounds for the Poppy Appeal.
But the RAF serviceman’s wife, who wished to remain anonymous, says it’s not the time or place for them to take part.
She said: “I don’t have a problem with them fundraising for the legion, I think its great, but to wear full costume at a remembrance service!
“Would they have the same policy if a group of pole dancers donated to the legion, would they be happy for them to turn up in their working dress?
The Norwegians made a big contribution to the Second World War and they were the original Vikings.RBL branch chairman Ian Nunney
“There may well be servicemen and women there who have returned from active service – what are they going to think when they see these people all dressed up as Vikings?
“This is not the time or place to be advertising your own group.
“This is a time to remember all those who have served and lost their lives due to conflict.
“The Vikings have nothing to do with this.”
Wellingborough RBL branch chairman Ian Nunney says he doesn’t care how people are dressed as long as they are there to pay their respects.
He said: “I don’t think it’s disrespectful at all.
“I don’t care what people wear if they are showing respect to those who have fallen.
“Most people will know that they are affiliated to us and they have raised several hundred pounds.
“We turned down a request from the Druids, who would have marched in long robes, and we don’t really want naturists.
“The Norwegians made a big contribution to the Second World War and they were the original Vikings.
“We know who has made the complaint and we’ve sent them a detailed response but they haven’t replied.”