Paul’s churlishness reaches new depths

The Lord Mayor and olthers at the wreath laying ceremony at the flood memorial, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 11th March 2017. Photo by Glenn Ashley.

The Lord Mayor and olthers at the wreath laying ceremony at the flood memorial, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 11th March 2017. Photo by Glenn Ashley.

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Paul Kenny’s churlishness reaches new depths with his spiteful comments on those few, sadly all too few, of us who attended the recent Sheffield Flood wreath-laying at Millsands.

Who is he to comment on what is a suitable event for Sheffield’s First Citizen to attend or not?

Ron Clayton with Annie, from Monica F Hewitt, florists by appointment suppliers of civic wreath to sheffield flood victims

Ron Clayton with Annie, from Monica F Hewitt, florists by appointment suppliers of civic wreath to sheffield flood victims

To criticise the wife and daughter of a gentleman recovering from heart surgery in the same week ‘the event’ took place and who would have attended himself, for having a shopping carrier is below the belt by any ethical standard.

I know the hurt and above all anger it’s caused and that’s why I am replying on their behalf – I would have treated his remarks with the contempt they deserve.

What Kenny’s view would have been if he had seen me in my ‘Compo’-like turn-out or the ‘working class hero’, Che Guevera T-shirted and leather- jacketed flamboyance of ‘Red Mick’ Drewry only he knows.

The Retro article of March 18, regarding the Flood ‘event’ would have possibly irritated him even further.

Suffice to say while ever the LM is minded to attend and some folk put their hand in their pocket for the flowers it will continue if only one person turns up. I know who that person will be.

In one respect I partially agreewith Mr Kenny. Millsands is indeed a shadow of its recent self . The mostly anonymous public art, unused public space, where the lighting is failing and the fountain no longer plays, are problems, but the issue of discarded cigarette butts near the memorial is far from the least of these problems.

The wreath-laying is also an attempt to promote the area.

The ultimate sanction regarding the litter lies with the council who can fine any organisation whose employees are responsible.

Ron Clayton

S6

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