The last week has taught me, a relative newcomer to the Morecambe area, an awful lot about the people and the wider community – as together we remember the events and legacy of tragedy a decade ago.
The wound is deep and it is still fresh – 23 people lost their lives right here and although the reactions and subsequent actions in response to that have been varied – it is without doubt that it has changed Morecambe and the bay area, and largely for the better.
It is interesting that many people locally feel a type of residual guilt although it is unlikely that individuals in Morecambebear any responsibility for what happened. In fact the turnout from local people to help was astonishing.
But guilt there is – guilt that we could have done more to prevent such tragedy, that enough has not been done to prevent another. And, on the whole, a genuine sympathy – if not quite a complete understanding – of how the families in China have suffered as a result. To understand that , you have to understand China – not an easy undertaking.
What is clear is that a link, of such, has been forged – partly through the actions of local charity More Music – and that the channels of communication remain open to a degree.
What the next 10 years brings is up to us.