Proud, not embarrassed, to support fallen hero

NO POLITICS HERE -- Ben Marshall (left) and Phil Rostance with the star of the show, Chesney Hawkes

NO POLITICS HERE -- Ben Marshall (left) and Phil Rostance with the star of the show, Chesney Hawkes

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WE write in response to the Letter from Coun Jim Grundy (Lab), on behalf of the Hucknall Labour Party regarding the Party In The Park event in Hucknall last month (‘Local Tories Turned Show Into Party Politics In The Park’).

Firstly, we wish to express our sadness that a community figure has used the problems related to Party In The Park to launch a political attack.

Until Coun Grundy’s Letter, to our knowledge, politics had never been an issue linked with the event. It just so happened that two of our eight-strong organisation committee are members of the Hucknall Conservative Party.

I’m sure Coun Grundy is aware that the event was launched as a celebration of the life of a dear friend of ours, Lance Corporal Paul Sandford, a young Hucknall soldier who was tragically killed in Afghanistan.

Among other factual inaccuracies, Coun Grundy said that we should be embarrassed about our fight to make the event a success. We are not embarrassed. We are proud to be part of a team that has raised thousands of pounds for Help For Heroes and honoured the memory of a good schoolfriend of ours and a man who ultimately gave his life in service to our country and our protection.

Political rivalry is fine. We encourage it. It is healthy. But in our eyes, it has no place where the celebration of a fallen hero and support of those in need is the objective.

BEN MARSHALL AND

PHIL ROSTANCE,

On behalf of the Party In The Park organisation team,

Hucknall.