BUNTING put up in Chatteris to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and to mark the town’s annual historic festival has been branded as looking “like a granny’s washing line” and unpatriotic by critics.
But the Chatteris Festival Organising Committee has hit back at the criticism pointing out the colourful decoration has been made by volunteers, who have given their time and material free.
Town Clerk Joanna Melton said there had been numerous complaints from residents about the bunting.
Among those handing out the criticism is Chatteris businessman Mark Skerrett.
He branded the bunting as disgusting stating it is “non Union Jack”.
“I was amazed when I drove to work this week and saw the (what looks like) granny’s washing hanging across my shop front.
“What a poor advert for Chatteris Council, their effort looks like it came from 1940, paisley, stripes and spots all faded it’s a joke. Perhaps there is a hidden competition to spot the red, blue and white triangle - I haven’t seen one yet grey, pink, yellow, green every colour but.”
But Mrs Melton hit back admitting some of the bunting, which is the responsibility of the festival organising committee, is old but in clean condition, while the rest has been made by volunteers free of charge and in their own time.
She said the bunting had also been put up for the town by volunteers, again free of charge.
“We have had complaints about the bunting, but my answer is that it has been done by volunteers out of the kindness of their hearts. And because it has been donated and put up by volunteers it hasn’t cost the town anything which means we have been able to concentrate our efforts on providing entertainment for the whole weekend.
“We have added an extra day of fun by putting events on on Monday including an It’s a Knock-out Competition, children’s races with prizes and a tug-of-war.
“The Chatteris Historic Jubilee Festival will also see a lot of new events this year including party in the park on the Saturday with local singers and musicians, an Old Time Music Hall Variety Show on Sunday as well as the family big lunch and Teddy bears’ picnic,” said Mrs Melton.
She added: “This has taken 12 months of planning by a lot of volunteers who have given a lot of their time and worked hard to ensure the weekend offers something for everyone. Those volunteers will also be working hard over the weekend to ensure people enjoy themselves and everything runs smoothly.
“Maybe those people who are criticising the bunting would like to get involved next year and help out,” added Mrs Melton.
The festival weekend runs from Thursday May 31 to Monday June 4 and free programmes are available at places including the library, shops and the council offices.