Mayor expresses dismay as councillors turn backs on war heroes

THERE were two events over the last two months to commemorate the Battle of Britain. One took place at the Purfleet Heritage museum and another was at the Grays memorial.

As part of her duties, Mayor Ann Cheale attended at both. The Lady mayor spoke passionately about her family memories. Indeed, the Mayor has a natural ability to relate to her family history and the borough’s history.

However,on both occasions (bar Grays councillor Mike Stone) she stood alone as a representative of Thurrock Council. Mayor Cheale made her feelings quite plain last night when she told the council how disappointed she was that only one of the councillors turned up to pay their respects to the heroes that saved their country.

For posterity, here is the film of one of the events.

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