Was Ely right to hold fireworks display on Armistice Day? Some think not but mayor Richard Hobbs thinks it’s fine
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Social media criticism of Ely Fireworks display being held on Armistice Day was dismissed by the mayor of Ely, Richard Hobbs.
Councillor Richard Hobbs said he was annoyed about the negative comments.
“We showed our respect at the right time and I fully believe those brave people gave their lives so we could have a choice,” he said.
“Most people show respect 365 days a year, it’s not something people turn off and on.
“The Ely Fireworks night is a really big community event and demonstrates a lot of people enjoyed it.”
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One woman wrote on a Facebook group: “Am I the only one who thinks Ely’s Fireworks display on Armistice Day showed a lack of respect?
“And anyway it could have been organised nearer to the 5th. Maybe I am getting too old but I think they could have had a little more thought and respect to have it on the 11/11.”
The post on social media has since attracted dozens of comments
Rachel Wibrow said that Ely Fireworks is always later so it doesn’t clash with Wilburton’s firework display.