Volunteer bunting not “appropriate” for Halesworth Market Place

VOLUNTEERS who gave hours of their time to create bunting for the Queen's Jubilee celebrations have been left disappointed after a town council decided it was not fitting for the central market place.

Around 50 people gave their time, while many more donated materials to create the recycled bunting that was to adorn Halesworth's Market Place this weekend.

But now it will not be used in the centre of the town and instead placed in other locations in the town after councillors decided it was not appropriate for the occasion.

Nat Bocking, who organised the creation of the bunting with community group Halesworth In Transition, said: 'I feel it is a slap in the face to all the volunteers who put in their efforts in.'

Mr Bocking said there had been six sessions spent making the bunting, while people across the town had contributed materials, and the town council had given the group �150 to provide for the volunteers.

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He added that it had been a great community project that had brought people of all ages together to help make the bunting with bailing twine. 'It does look handmade, it looks what it is, that is the point, to take stuff that would go in the bin and recycle it,' he said.

Mr Bocking added that it was disappointing that the Market Place would now have plastic bunting, which did not fit in with their make, do and mend theme.

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James Wagner, council chairman, confirmed that members of the town council had decided to use some other flags for the Market Place because of their colour.

He said: 'We thought it was going to be red, white and blue. It is perfectly good bunting but we wanted it to be red, white and blue for the Market Place to make it significant for the Jubilee.'

Mr Wagner said that those colours symbolise the Jubilee and if the bunting wasn't them it would 'not look appropriate'.

He said: 'It won't match the occasion, like having a golden anniversary but only having silver.'

Mr Wagner confirmed that the bunting would still be used in the town, with it put around the top of marquees and put by the Millennium Green. He added that it can also be re-used for future events.

He said: 'The bunting itself is lovely, they have done a terrific job.'

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