Could I thank both West Mersea Town Council and the vicar and churchwardens of St Peter and St Paul’s Church for organising the proclamation of the new King’s accession and open-air service of thanksgiving for Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
What we have seen over the past weeks has been the feelings of the ordinary decent people of this country. People who have probably never turned out for a demonstration, but felt that as a mark of respect they should turn out now to honour the memory of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Not only have hundreds of thousands of people across all four nations of the UK travelled large distances to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth, but thousands in our own local area have doubtless attended more local proclamations and services of remembrance and thanksgiving to God for her life, such as we had in West Mersea. That is something that Her Majesty would have been deeply appreciative of.
Standing amongst the large number of people in West Mersea churchyard and the adjacent Green I was reminded of the words of the statesman Edmund Burke (1729-97) that it is our involvement in our own local community that forms the first step in developing a love of our country and national identity. That is something that Mersea does very well indeed.
Dr Martin Parsons