In hard times, it is always good to have a chance to let one's hair down and celebrate - and what better day than the national day of England - St George's Day - 23 April. Each year Sittingbourne has hosted a St George's Day parade, a popular festival with games, music, competitions and various stalls and events. And it is much needed good business for local retailers.
Unfortunately this year Swale Council have decided to cancel their contribution to this day - saying there is no funding - despite increasing parking and other charges. So the parade is now in doubt unless the organisers can raise over £2,000.
Would any council tax payer complain about the Council contributing towards a day of celebrations - something the local economy could do with at present? I think not. Would a Scottish council cancel celebrations for St Andrews' Day?
In a recent leaflet Gordon Henderson, the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Sittingbourne & Sheppey, says 'As an Englishman I am getting fed up of being treated like a second class citizen in my own country'. I quite agree, Gordon, so how about a phone call to your friends who run Swale Council?