This was allocated for civic dignitaries

I AM writing to express my disgust regarding the Grove Park car park arrangements for the Remembrance service last Sunday. Let me explain, I

I AM writing to express my disgust regarding the Grove Park car park arrangements for the Remembrance service last Sunday. Let me explain, I collected my 89-year-old disabled mother from her residential home and together with my wife, my 86-year-old neighbour, drove early so that I could park in the Grove Park car park and take my mother (in her wheelchair) to the service. Imagine my horror to find out that I was barred access as this was allocated for civic dignitaries, band members and others bearing wreaths, etc. It's a little ironic to think that my father (now sadly deceased) spent five years abroad fighting during the war to uphold the privilege of the 'select few', and I wonder how many of these people have ever seen active service. My neighbour also served his time in the air force.So I sat and watched ex-councillors, and others taking advantage where us poor commoners could not go. We saw the men and women, ex-service people proudly march on parade. We then sat patiently in the cold and waited for the service to commence and the 'elite' to emerge from the nice warm Mayor's Parlour together with some of their offspring onto the 'hallowed select area' dividing them from us mere mortals.Unfortunately the weather was unkind and the service was cut short, which again allowed the elite to take refuge back into their warm surroundings, and no as usual they didn't stand and watch them march in or out. Oh, by the way, I got mum back without getting too wet, and as usual she enjoyed it without complaint, but then that is what her generation did, bear up to adversary and get on with it. I spoke to a few ex-pats about this and one said to me: "I wonder if they paid for the car park like we have to, even the disabled have to pay for the first hour". By the way the car park was not full, some of the disabled spaces were still empty and several cars parked in such a way as to take up two or more spaces.So come election time please knock on my door and remind me of all the sacrifices you have made on my behalf and maybe you can earn my respect and vote. Maybe we should lay an appropriate wreath at the foot of the 'Giant Carrot'. Until then I would suggest certain people do not abuse their titles and remember who elected them.G SANSAM - Channel Heights, Bleadon Hill


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