Council says sorry after employee rips down fair banners
Ashford Borough Council (ABC) has apologised after an over-zealous environmental officer ripped down summer fair advert banners.
Senior environmental officer Mike Cook said the council were sorry after a mistaken officer removed the Kennington Summer Fayre displays from Little Burton and Trinity Road.
The 8ft and 6ft banners have both been thrown away, but Mr Cook said the council would replace them.
He said: “They should not have been taken down.
“I feel very bad about it as we don’t want to scupper local events.
“I hoped they could be restored, but they got caught up with illegally placed fly posters and have been disposed of. “We will pay for new ones.” This year’s popular event will take place this Saturday on the recreation ground, and will have a wartime theme.
It will mark the 70th anniversary of Victory Celebrations held on the same recreation ground in Ulley Road in June 1946.
Kids and adults are encouraged to dress up in 1940s outfits – with prizes available for the best dressed – and Kennington will be catapulted back into the 1940s.
A Dad’s Army tribute, performed by the Dreamdragons theatre group, is set to take centre stage in the arena.
There will also be performances by the Kennington Academy maypole dancers, the Downs View Infants choir, the Towers Cheerleaders and a fun dog show.
Other attractions include a children’s funfair, more than 30 stalls, a barbecue, tombolas and refreshments.
All proceeds from the fayre go to charities and local voluntary organisations. Admission and parking are free.
Full report and pictures from the day in next week’s paper.
‘They got caught up with illegally placed fly posters and have been disposed of’
The Towers cheerleaders will be performing at the event