From Rob Davison, Commanding officer, TS Jersey.
I WOULD like to comment on Hugh Gill’s letter (JEP, 14 May) and Christine Marett’s letter (JEP, 18 May) regarding chatting by the Sea Cadets during the Liberation Day Parade.
I’m astounded that Ms Marett has named only the Sea Cadets when I know for certain that youngsters from all the youth organisations talked to each other at one time or another during this long ceremony.
The Sea Cadets were wearing full Number 1 Uniform, including caps which, in direct sunlight, can be extremely uncomfortable. In addition, when the commentary is not clear and audible, it is understandable that youngsters will talk to their friends to try to ascertain what is being said or about to happen.
I would ask Ms Marett and Mr. Gill to appreciate that the uniforms worn by the Scouts, Girl Guides and Brownies are lighter and much more comfortable in these situations, especially when the weather is hot.
It may be a good idea for the organisers of these events to give some thought to these youngsters to ensure that in future a shaded area is reserved for them where they can appreciate what is being said (providing the speaker system is clear), or possibly an area where they can remain until they are needed to walk past the dais.
I do agree that Liberation Day is a special event for the Islands and should always be celebrated, but don’t single out one organisation when there were many other youngsters chatting.
Let’s not forget that they all give up their time to help commemorate an important day in their Island’s history, when they could be spending that time on their own hobbies.
Perhaps those who are quick to criticise would do well to remember that.