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Poor planning

| Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003

Dear Editor:

I was part of the crowd in Uniontown on Oct. 26 to see Prince Andrew. I found this event to be very poorly planned. My son, Mark Andrew Downing, drove six hours to see the Prince. We arrived late morning. After parking, we looked for a restaurant to have lunch. Many friendly hometown people directed us to several restaurants. However, they were closed. After buying a soft drink and crackers, we donned our rain gear. On the advice of a security person, we found our spot on the curb directly across from the podium where the Prince would be speaking. We were so glad to have arrived early and found a great spot for viewing the activities. We, among many others, stood for three or more hours in the rain.

Our glee ended upon the arrival of three buses carrying the "elite." By the time the buses were empty, our view was completely blocked. Yes, I realize these people paid money to see the Prince, but it is my understanding they had just spent time with him during lunch at a country club. Now it should have been the "commoner's" turn. Had there been chairs on the street for them to sit, all would have had a good view. This is where better planning would have accommodated everyone alike. There was much dissatisfaction among the group of people in the area where we stood. I wish this had been addressed in your article.

We liked seeing the veterans getting the "royal" treatment that they so rightly deserve. I wish your newspaper article would have mentioned the Prince did recognize them by going to them with a friendly handshake. He also shook hands with some of the Boy Scouts ... what a thrill that must have been for them.

In the future, these may be things to take into consideration when planning such events.

Donna Downing,



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