EALING Council has hit back at accusations that its Armed Forces Day celebrations held last week were below par.
Pensioner Roy Bartlett, 80, attended an Armed Forces Day event held at Ealing Green on June 20, six days before national celebrations last Saturday.
Mr Bartlett, who spent two and a half years with the RAF on national service, had a letter printed in last week's paper criticising organisers of the event for a lack of both guests and events or activities.
He said that the Mayor of Ealing made his speech to just seven seated people, with a few others in earshot. There was, he added, only a small numbers of veterans at the function.
He said: "At any one time there were no more than five veteran badge holders to be seen. I know that my sentiments were shared by other veterans present. There may be logistical problems with an event such as this, but one display during five hours is hardly inspiring."
He also criticised organisers for their 'inexplicable' decision to hold the event on June 20.
A spokesman for Ealing Council said a separate event was held a week earlier to avoid clashing with the parade in Greenford on June 26
He said: "The event on June 20 was attended by over 200 people, who came along to enjoy the music and activities. The Royal British Legion also marked Armed Forces Day with a parade and open day in Greenford last Saturday. We are disappointed that Mr Bartlett did not enjoy the event and are happy to take his comments on board.
The Mayor of Ealing, Councillor Rajinder Mann, who attended Sunday's event, said: "I was delighted to attend Ealing's Armed Forces Day and to put the support of the mayoralty behind such an important cause. With my family's military background, I was proud to support our armed forces and the work that they do."