In 2016, the centenary of the execution of Captain Fryatt, the Harwich Society wrote to Harwich Town Council to request that the council unofficially made 27th July, the date of the execution, ‘Fryatt Day’ on the Harwich Peninsula and asked that all flags on local buildings be flown at half mast. Harwich Town Council unanimously agreed to unofficially recognise 27th July each year as ‘Fryatt Day’ and so the flag above the Guildhall will be flown at half mast alongside the flags flown at Harwich Society visitor attractions on Tuesday 27th July.
Chairman of the Harwich Society, Colin Farnell, says, “Flying our flags at half mast on 27th July each year is simply a small mark of respect, and we would ask any organisations on the Harwich Peninsula whose buildings fly flags to join us in paying tribute to the memory of Captain Fryatt by flying them at half mast on ‘Fryatt Day’.”
Cllr Garry Calver, who oversaw the project to refurbish Captain Fryatt’s grave in All Saints Churchyard, says, “I was with the Fryatt family at the centenary commemorations, and they were very pleased and moved when I explained about ‘Fryatt Day’. They are very grateful to the people of Harwich for keeping Captain Fryatt’s memory alive and this is an annual show of respect for a local and national hero.”
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