Showing no disrespect
PUBLISHED: 10:04 23 November 2006 | UPDATED: 13:36 04 May 2010
I WRITE in response to the letter from Teresa Lloyd regarding the Ely fireworks display. I agree with the fact November 11 is for remembrance, however I feel Mrs Lloyd has lost the plot. At 11am on the 11th, myself and the children held a two-minute silen
I WRITE in response to the letter from Teresa Lloyd regarding the Ely fireworks display.
I agree with the fact November 11 is for remembrance, however I feel Mrs Lloyd has lost the plot.
At 11am on the 11th, myself and the children held a two-minute silence along with the radio coverage. We then discussed why we held the silence, and why we should remember.
One of the subjects was the fact that members of our family lost their lives, or spent years in a prison camp in the Far East. The fact is they lost their lives or gave years of their lives to keep our liberty, and give us the freedom we take so much for granted. We also discussed the fact than many men and women are still at war, and continue to lose their lives.
I cannot see how a firework display is in any way disrespectful to those brave people who lived and died in the wars, and numerous conflicts.
In fact, I am certain that a serving member of the British forces in Afghanistan, or Iraq, would be pleased to think that his or her children had the freedom to attend a fireworks display on any night of the week.
The display was great and very enjoyable, and it never stopped me from remembering. I can't imagine that Mrs Lloyd sat at home with her children with the television switched off, in silence, thinking about the people who had lost their lives.
I would lay money on it that she and her children barely gave a thought and carried on their lives as normal.
Maybe we could have had another minute's silence at the fireworks; that would have been appropriate.
Ely should be proud of itself, and I thought it was a great idea to have the display on another night other than the fifth, that way more people came.
I will, however, make one complaint. The mini fair is a farce, I overheard the fair traders complaining to each other that the display was going to start so early that they would not have enough time to make money. Their prices are extortionate, and the prizes absolute rubbish. I do not think there is a place for these traders at such an event.
The scouts who ran the hot dog stall had the right idea, good product at a reasonable price, unlike the fair traders. The scouts charged 50p for a can of drink, the fair traders I believe was £1, twice as much.
ANDY (By email)