A LONG-STANDING tradition of launching a maroon rocket to start the two-minute silence on Armistice Day is set come to an end because of a restrictive new EU health and safety law.
02:20, Thu, Nov 10, 2016 | UPDATED: 03:45, Thu, Nov 10, 2016
Armistice Day traditions have been in place for nearly a century
The tradition of marking the start of the silence by launching small rockets into the sky has been in place for nearly a century, but it is now set to be shelved due to a new EU directive devised by Brussels fat cats.
From 2017, manufacturers of the rockets, which produce a loud bang and create a bright flash, will not be able to sell them to buyers unless they have received specialist training.
In many cases, investing in such training is likely to prove too costly or time-consuming for the tradition to be upheld.
Eurocrats claim training is necessary as the rockets, which are made from plastic or card tubes filled with black powder, are classed as a “high hazard”.
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