War of words over removal of wreath tributes

Whitby war memorial
Whitby war memorial

A war of words has broken out after wreaths were removed from the war memorial to coincide a visit from Britain In Bloom.

Some people, including the mum of one of Whitby’s fallen war heroes, have spoken out after suggestions the wreaths looked “tatty” and might not sit favourably with the judges.

Whitby in Bloom contacted the town council about the appearance of the wreaths, which have been in situ since Remembrance Day in November and the decision was taken by the town council to remove them in time for the judging on Wednesday.

Alison Paylor, mum of Corporal Damian Lawrence who was killed in a bomb explosion in Afghanistan in April 2008 said: “As the mother of one of the fallen, I am appalled.

“I hope they realise how many people they have offended.”

Although the floral tributres, apart from one which had fallen apart, were put back on the memorial at Dock End by Friday it has left a bitter taste.

Colin Winspear who works with the town council’s armed forces working party said: “They have been sat there all that time and nobody said any-thing about it and then this competition comes up and that is what has upset people.

“They are weathered but don’t look tatty at all.”