Blame lawyers for bunting ban
By Mid Devon Gazette | Tuesday, June 05, 2012, 08:00
WHAT a load of bunting bunkum. Yet again Tiverton has been found wanting, and totally missed the spirit of the occasion.
Having had 39 years in the insurance world, I have seen and heard some far-fetched reasons regarding how damage, loss or injury was alleged to have occurred.
However, the idea of a cloth or plastic bunting falling in high winds and causing a cataclysmic incident involving a circular bus in Fore Street, just about beats them all.
This, according to your May 29 issue, is a "worse case scenario" attributed to the council.
What a load of drivel as a reason for not having across the street decorations of the type being displayed in hundreds of streets in towns and villages across this county and beyond.
Tiverton always loses out – more often than not because some silly nonsense overtakes common sense.
Millions will focus on celebrating 60 years of unstinting, tireless and selfless service from a truly wonderful lady, and her excellent non-nonsense consort, Prince Philip. Erecting bunting is happening widely throughout Devon and the kingdom. I can do no better than refer to what has taken place at Lynton on our North Coast, where bunting criss-crosses the mains streets, which unlike our silly little town, also has traffic flowing beneath all of it, including buses from a major national coach holiday firm who use their local hotel.
So, have Lynton, Sidmouth and countless towns got different insurance companies, or more pro-active town councils?
This epitomises how we have declined as a nation during Her Majesty's reign. In 1952 no one would have been daft enough to consider suing if a cotton flag had fallen on them! After the privations of the war anyone contemplating such action would have been told to grow-up and get on with it. Mind you, back in those days we didn't have as many shyster lawyers trying to milk a situation.
BRIAN HOOPER Westleigh Tiverton