Yet another controversy

PUBLISHED: 13:42 21 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:20 10 June 2010

Mr Tom May's comments regarding removal/replacement of our town's war memorial because of its religious sign (ie cross) is the latest controversy to hit the headlines of our quiet town. The other one is the debate on the future of our People's Park", so

Mr Tom May's comments regarding removal/replacement of our town's war memorial because of its religious sign (ie cross) is the latest controversy to hit the headlines of our quiet town. The other one is the debate on the future of our "People's Park", sorry, Phear Park: what is going on here in our town? Both need to be opened up to the public for all to hear what is planned, if anything.Mr May's comment that Exmouth was a "very Christian town" when the memorial was erected but has "declined now" is sad. This country is Christian, with our monarch head of the Church of England. Most of us have had our education based on Christianity, by that I mean religious lessons and services.If other faiths want to remember those who sacrificed their lives in service of this country (once great), they can do so in their own way without upsetting the majority of Christians.Our Strand Gardens are lovely many months of the year, trees, flowers beds, etc in full bloom. Very peaceful for all - long may it be so!Developers might be looking to move in - to do what? Put in a few tables/chairs and ice-cream/coffee kiosks? Whose money will pay for this?The council, the article said, would turn The Strand into a "world-class space". This is a part of Exmouth and, surely, the people of Exmouth should have a significant say in that happens to "our" memorial and gardens.Obelisk or statue - I do not think so. Keep our war memorial where it is - and for the reasons it was put there.Incidentally, what does Exmouth British Legion think of these proposals? Would other faiths/beliefs/non-believers etc care to comment on Mr May's warning?M J Norrish,Exmouth.

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