Edi­tor’s com­ment

EADT Suffolk - - Editor's Comment - Jayne Lindill, Edi­tor jayne.lindill@eadt.co.uk

WHY are we so ob­sessed with an­niver­saries and com­mem­o­ra­tions? The me­dia loves them, of course, be­cause they pro­vide a use­ful hook for a story, how­ever tenous the oc­ca­sion.

But there’s some­thing much deeper in our need to ac­knowl­edge the past, whether glo­ri­ous or oth­er­wise, our con­tin­ual need to cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of the good and great, to re­live the hor­rors of cat­a­strophic events, and con­demn the ter­ri­ble ac­tions of rogues and vil­lains. By re­mind­ing our­selves we learn from their mis­takes, ac­knowl­edge their strug­gles, and give thanks for the ways in which they’ve ben­e­fited us.

Novem­ber is a month for re­mem­brance and com­mem­o­ra­tion, and it’s im­por­tant be­cause it em­bod­ies both our hu­man frailty and great­ness. There are two very spe­cial con­certs hap­pen­ing in Suf­folk this month which pro­vide the per­fect set­ting for re­flec­tion and com­mem­o­ra­tion. On Novem­ber 11, Nigel Short (one-time mem­ber of

‘By re­mind­ing our­selves, we learn from their mis­takes, ac­knowl­edge their strug­gles, and give thanks for the ways in which they’ve ben­e­fited us.’

The King’s Singers) brings his su­perb vo­cal en­sem­ble, Tene­brae, to Snape Malt­ings in a pro­gramme of mu­sic designed to touch the soul (pages 58-59). On Novem­ber 12, Suf­folk Phil­har­monic Orches­tra will per­form a sym­phony con­cert for Re­mem­brance Sun­day at Ip­swich Corn Ex­change, com­pris­ing Co­p­land, Vaughan Wil­liams, El­gar, Bar­ber and Beethoven (page 9). I’m sure both will be well sup­ported by ap­pre­cia­tive Suf­folk au­di­ences.

As a mag­a­zine edi­tor I un­der­stand the need to cel­e­brate an­niver­saries and achieve­ments and next year there’s a big one – 2018 marks the 100th an­niver­sary of women get­ting the vote in Eng­land. Not all women, of course, only those over 30 who owned prop­erty. But there were a mil­lion who qual­i­fied fol­low­ing the loss of so many men in the First World War and it paved the way for full en­fran­chise­ment.

Suf­folk played an im­por­tant role in women’s suf­frage, and we’ll be telling its sto­ries. I’d like to hear from you if you have sto­ries and in­for­ma­tion to share. Email me at jayne.lindill@eadt.co.uk

Mean­while, I’ll be wear­ing my poppy with pride this Novem­ber.

Wing de­fence . . . East­ward Ho, Felixs­towe. Sec­onds be­fore I took the photo, there was a whole team of rooks lined up in goal. Then they got cam­era shy, ex­cept for this one who obliged with a pose. I think I got his best side.

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