I FEEL I must write in answer to Allice Allworthy's letter of Wednesday, September 5, issue regarding our involvement at the recent Plymstock Festival.
Yes, of course UKIP is a political party, but, if she had only taken the time or opportunity to come to the stand, rather than try and avoid it, she would have seen we were there solely to support the HMS Plymouth Trust in their endeavours to save this ship from the breakers yard in Turkey.
She bears the name of the city and members of UKIP locally have served on her in the past. UKIP support the Trust both locally and indeed nationally and this was one of a number of fundraising activities we have undertaken to help.
I personally, before the festival, asked the committee if our inclusion was a problem. The reply was that all political parties had the option to be there if they so desired as we had as much right as anyone else to be there. Our aim was not to upset anybody Mrs Allworthy, but to help save a part of British maritime history. HMS Plymouth was the frigate in whose wardroom the surrender of Argentinian forces after the Falklands conflict was signed.
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On her comment regarding her and some friends believing that political parties should be kept out of community events, why? We live here in Plymstock, Hooe, Turnchapel, Elburton and other local suburbs and we form part of the local community too; I like to believe for the better.
We are locals who believe in getting out into our community and helping others where we can. We do not believe in sitting "on high" with no interaction with our neighbours until an election approaches. Politics is involved with our everyday lives whether we like it or not, but the point is that UKIP wants to safeguard our national heritage for future generations, HMS Plymouth being a part of this. We will be continuing to fundraise for this Trust for as long as required both locally and in the city centre and may I confirm that every penny goes directly to the trust.
On that note may I also join Mrs Allworthy in congratulating the Plymstock Forum for a splendid day, along of course with all the people who gave so generously .
Chairman, UKIP Plymouth & SW Devon