Grantham Journal letter: Disappointed

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I was interested to read in the Journal about the ceremony to commemorate the fallen of the First World War.

The death of Lt Christopher Randolph Turnor at the battle of Ypres was of special significance and to mark the 100th anniversary of his death a memorial stone was to be unveiled by at Stoke Rochford Hall on Sunday, 1pm. (Veterans welcome).

Having served in the armed forces for 23 years, including serious frontline operations, I was keen to pay my respects so I donned my military blazer, complete with medals, and set off with my wife (also an army veteran) to ensure we arrived in good time. We arrived at 12.45pm and, along with several others, including cadets who had travelled from much further afield, were told that we were too late! He stated the ceremony had been held earlier. The only saving grace came from Grantham Mayor, Ian Selby, who solely amongst the officials came across to shake hands and have his photo taken with these wonderful cadets who had come to pay their respect.

How on earth can the timing of such a sensitive ceremony as this have been so pathetically managed? Was the Journal given incorrect information? Did someone misprint the timing? Did the organisers get it wrong on the day? Whoever committed such a disgraceful and distressing error, please have the moral fibre to offer proper apologies through the Journal to all of those who were so sorely disappointed.

K. W. Taylor BEM


Editors note: Timings printed in the Journal were provided by organisers.