Royal respect overpowers Buckingham Palace garden party cost concern
BUCKINGHAM Palace garden parties were called "anachronistic nonsense" by an Isles of Scilly councillor.
However, Steve Sims deemed it "would look churlish" for the islands' authority not to send anyone.
Councillor Gordon Bilsborough – who admitted attending while serving with a mainland authority – had proposed, on cost grounds, that the council should not send a representative to a 2014 party. Professing respect for the Queen, he said he was not against garden parties but argued that such a visit would not sit well with the current austerity drive.
"It will not be well received by the public," he warned. He felt such a trip would be seen by some as "a jolly" and said it was the "wrong time" to consider sending anyone.
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He proposed refusal "in the interests of economy".
Amanda Martin, the authority's chairman, said it was up to the individual selected whether the allowance was used or, indeed, whether to attend. She said any declining of the invitation should be done "with grace". Attendees were not on a "jolly" but were representing the islands.
Fran Grottick said that, while they were islands, they ought not to be perceived as being insular, while Marian Bennett spoke of the importance of "social contact and networking".
The council's respect for royalty appeared to trump cost issues with a "completely surprised" septuagenarian Adrian Davis being voted as Scilly's representative.
"I can only think you've decided that, as I'm in my eighth decade, you'd better get in quickly before I've gone," he said.