IN response to your article, regarding the motion proposing a day of commemoration to mark the start of the First World War, I would like just to clarify a few points.
First of all I would like to point out that I personally in no way find the idea of any military regiment marching through our town with bayonets fixed in anyway offensive and the point I was trying to make at last week’s cabinet was that it was a widely misheld conception that the freedom of the town allows a military unit to do this. Just like it is a myth that those given the freedom of London are allowed to drive sheep through the centre.
I would also like to point out that last week’s article concentrates on a small part of the motion. It does sadly miss the entire point of the motion which is to commit this town and our council to commemorate the massive loss of life suffered that started on July 28, 1914.
Cllr Simon Corello and Cllr Maureen Charlesworth should be commended for putting forward such a motion so that a proper day of remembrance is held across this town to mark this date in history and I would support whatever freedoms our unit does have in exercising those rights on this day.
CLLR ROB COOKE
Leader of the Conservative Group
Hastings Borough Council