Re­mem­brance and our town’s sol­i­dar­ity

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

I WOULD like to thank PC Emma Reed and her po­lice col­leagues for or­gan­is­ing yet again an event in Hayes for the com­mu­nity that live in Hayes and to again prove to the nar­row minded crit­ics of Hayes that rather than be a frag­mented town as is of­ten claimed,we are in fact ‘in sol­i­dar­ity’

The event was con­ducted on the frontage of the So­cial cen­tre in Botwell Lane with prayers said by some of the lo­cal clergy and a PCSO.the lo­cal faith cen­tres were rep­re­sented by mem­bers of their con­gre­ga­tions – Chris­tians, Mus­lims, Bud­dhists, Sikhs, athe­ists all ob­served the two min­utes si­lence.

Over 100 peo­ple at­tended the event, some with their lit­tle chil­dren, in re­mem­brance of those who have died and are still dy­ing in wars all over the world, and of course with em­pha­sis on those who are af­fected by wars, many of who live along­side us in the com­mu­nity that is Hayes. Some­thing we all tend to for­get.

Chil­dren from the lo­cal school at­tended, and I am sure some have fam­ily mem­bers who know first hand the hor­ren­dous ef­fect of war

So again I would like to thank the lo­cal po­lice teams and Emma espe­cially for their abil­ity to make many of the cyn­ics re­alise that peo­ple who live in Hayes are all part of one com­mu­nity and not just many di­verse groups liv­ing in iso­la­tion. CLLR JANET GARD­NER

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