It is pathetically ironical that Betjeman who, alone among those commemorated in Poets' Corner, was in his life a staunchly vocal and militant champion of the Church of England for its own sake, should be treated in this cursory fashion. To dedicate his stone without the accompanying glory of a full Church of England choral evensong is like burying a general without his full military honours.
Will the authorities now think again and defer the date of the ceremony to a date when the choir is in harness again, and the dedication can be carried out in the proper style?
Lord HORDER OF ASHFORD
President, the Betjeman Society
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