Respect is key

PUBLISHED: 07:10 15 September 2012

Once again I would like to respond to a letter regarding the Exmouth War Memorial, this time from Tom Harvey-May.

1, The present problems did not arise in the ’20s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s etc because children were far better behaved and had greater respect for their and other families’ war dead.

2, The names that are being damaged were not placed on the memorial until 2005.

3, The raised gardens and beautiful flower beds of the past were a distraction from youngsters who played near the memorial as they were in close proximity to the actual monument.

4, The damage that has and is being done is caused by the various items of the said youngsters, such as skateboards, scooters and even mountain bikes, not the people themselves, though their disrespect by running over it does cause distress and hurt to a lot of people whose family names are listed.

Let us not forget that, just a short time ago, Mr May wanted the whole memorial moved to a different setting, and even stated publicly that the cross was an insult to other religions, hence the memorial was listed as a Grade II monument to protect it.

As for the pictures submitted as a comparison in recently. The proposed fence originally submitted was only 18” (47cm) in height and was in fact, at the site meeting, agreed to by all present, East Devon District Council, Exmouth Town Council, Exmouth War Memorial Fund and the proposed ironworks, until the district and county councils had other ideas for the money.

I’m all for calling a meeting to form a new committee from ex-service associations as I will be standing down by Christmas and it will certainly save me, personally, many hundreds of pounds that I put in annually from my own pocket, but I will not stand down unless I’m sure no mistakes will be made.

LR Howell

Bidmead Close

Exmouth

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 12:00

Head nurse and practice manager at East Devon’s Raddenstiles Veterinary Surgery is taking on a 15,000 foot skydive, in which she will freefall for around two miles, to help abandoned and unwanted dogs find their new forever homes.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:55

A trio of fundraising events have been announced for this year in the build-up to 2019’s Budleigh Salterton Food and Drink Festival.

Read more
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Don’t miss this week’s gallery of readers’ photos.

Join in at iwitness24.co.uk and send us your East Devon pictures.

Read more
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Curator Neville Evans explained that many botanical gardens were closing and giving away their collections due to funding issues – despite their conservational value. He added that Bicton’s 300 year-old landscape was ‘pretty special’, with ‘plants here that you will never see anywhere else’.

Read more
Friday, January 19, 2018

Guest of honour Conrad Humphreys said: “I very much enjoyed the Exeter College awards evening and celebrating the success of the students.

“As a former student and rugby player at the college - I have very fond memories of my time there before heading off to sail around the world in the 1993/4 Whitbread.”

Read more
Friday, January 19, 2018

Our Devon quiz is back for another round!

Read more
Friday, January 19, 2018

Exmouth Town Council will be temporarily closed from January 29-30 while office equipment and phones are moved to its new home.

Read more
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Artist Anna Fitzgerald, of Seadog Gallery, in Gussiford Lane, Exmouth, is calling for a bra army of support; she needs 4,000 over-shoulder-boulder-holder donations for the display, which will celebrate the suffragette movement and women winning the right to vote.

Read more
Thursday, January 18, 2018

“We are going to find it very hard to balance our books without changing things significantly. We need teachers, but all the other things schools do – all the things that are not our statutory responsibility – we are looking at cutting. We are talking about the life chances of children being damaged,” said Exmouth’s Exeter Road head teacher Paul Gosling.

Read more
Thursday, January 18, 2018

There’s good news for Exmouth’s Famous Old Barrel pub, which has been closed since last October.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel


Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications