We had no time to advise on our Falklands service

PUBLISHED: 12:38 05 July 2007 | UPDATED: 15:10 12 May 2010

MAY I answer some of Cllr Lynn Berry s comments (Postbag June 28) on the handling by the Royston branch of the Royal British Legion of the arrangements for the service to honour the lives of the men and women who lost their lives 25 years ago in the Falkl

MAY I answer some of Cllr Lynn Berry's comments (Postbag June 28) on the handling by the Royston branch of the Royal British Legion of the arrangements for the service to honour the lives of the men and women who lost their lives 25 years ago in the Falklands campaign.

For any service that the Royal British Legion organises in Royston, the town council is always advised well in advance: such as Remembrance Sunday, the service at the American memorial in the Priory Memorial Gardens, the re-dedication of the Royston branch standard, the VE Day and VJ Day celebrations and the 60th anniversary for peace.

The reason we were unable in this instance to send an official invitation to the town council was due to the fact that we were unable to finalise the date until one week before it was due to take place.

This left us no time to advise the police for cover or the Highways Agency for permission to close the road, and certainly no time to organise official inviatations.

I contacted the town mayor, Cllr Peter Lill, who is also a member of the Royston branch committee and made arrangements for him to have a wreath to lay on behalf of Royston Town Council.

The quickest way to inform the people of Royston about the service was through the local newspaper, and I thank The Crow for publishing all the details of the service and of the day's other events being held at the Legion headquarters.

JOE McDONALD

Chairman

Royal British Legion

Royston branch

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