Column: Mick Dennison

Mick Dennison. Pub Landlord. York Hotel, Morecambe.
Mick Dennison. Pub Landlord. York Hotel, Morecambe.
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There’s less than two weeks to go until Armed Forces Day 2015 on Saturday June 27!

Armed Forces Day has been marked with events large and small throughout the UK since the first Armed Forces Day in 2009 and 2015 is no exception.

The Royal British Legion in Morecambe and Heysham have organised a parade and drumhead service on Sunday June 28. We will form up at the clock tower ready to march off at twelve noon towards the Arena opposite the Winter Gardens.

At the Arena there will be a drumhead service led by Father Tom from St Barnabas. All are welcome to attend. Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.

Armed Forces personnel and their families make many sacrifices in serving their country. For the serving personnel, ultimately it can mean putting themselves in harm’s way, which can result in injury and potential difficulty in integrating back into civilian life.

For families, it can mean having to move around the country every few years. This affects places on NHS waiting lists and children’s schooling. Relocating can cause partners difficulty finding jobs, and getting credit or mortgages.  To balance this, the Government created the Armed Forces Covenant. Written into law, it says that Armed Forces personnel, veterans or their families will not be disadvantaged by their military life when accessing goods and services, compared to other citizens.

The national parade on Juen 27 is being held in Guildford and I know people who are travelling to attend.

Hopefully we can swell our numbers on parade the following day after a year without an event.

Entertainment in the York follows.

Thanks must be given to our town council for the grant which enabled us to book the town band, now we just need the weather on our side.