OUT IN THE FIELD: Finally - shut that door Grayson

A terrifying yet reassuring experience at 999
A terrifying yet reassuring experience at 999

I’m not usually known for being a sensitive little soul but I did get upset last Friday morning when some mindless morons thought it would be clever to stick an estate agent’s To Let board through the wreath at the War Memorial. I wrote a story saying the Angel of Victory had been defiled and vandalised. Some thought those words were too strong but one person did agree with me: Ben Mead, a British Army veteran of Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan who said even though no damage was done, it was totally disrespectful to these who have died serving this country in past and present conflicts. Hear, hear.

It was the 999 emergency services display on the Western Lawns and for the third year running I was a ‘casualty’ being winched to safety by the marvellous coastguards. This year I also took part in the joint fire and ambulance services exercise to be cut free from a car which had been involved in an accident. Not much frightens me but it was a terrifying experience particularly when you imagine what it would be like if it were for real. Perhaps if all drivers could see what happens when a car is involved in an accident and people need to be cut out they might think twice about getting behind the wheel after drinking . A huge thank you to everyone who looked after me and reassured me every step of the way, explaining what was happening, especially the Green Watch fire crew from Eastbourne, the retained crew from Pevensey, and paramedics Robin, Steve and Eddie from the ambulance service – and thanks to Graham Huntley for the photographic evidence.

The DGH boss Darren Grayson has finally done the decent thing and resigned. Shut that door and never let him anywhere near a hospital management board again.

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