David Brayshaw column

Chairman  of Morecambe Carnival  organising committee David Brayshaw.

Chairman of Morecambe Carnival organising committee David Brayshaw.

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It seems that my recent rant about inconsiderate parking at Morecambe Train Station has ruffled a few feathers and I’ve received one or two comments from drivers I know saying “I hope you don’t mean me.”

Well, the truth of the matter is, if you park or pull up on double yellow lines then yes, I do mean you.

It is inconsiderate and it endangers children who have to dodge cars to get onto the station.

One day a child is going to be knocked down and this could be because of your illegal parking.

Make the effort, drive another 20 metres and stop in a parking bay; you might just save a child’s life.

Whilst I’m upsetting people I might as well get something else off my chest.

Greg Lambert wrote a great article in last week’s Visitor about Morecambe Bay Foodbank and the essential work that they do.

I was at the presentation which Greg attended and I was proud to be from Morecambe when Annette Smith spoke of how many tonnes of food had been donated just before Christmas.

However, I was shocked to hear how many families are being forced to turn to foodbanks in this day and age.

I was horrified to hear that three children every day would have gone hungry if it had not been for the foodbank.

I then read in last week’s paper that our MP, David Morris, who is supposed to represent all the people of his constituency, has refused to attend the foodbank unless he is accompanied by certain parties and is in full possession of facts and figures which must be from a certain source.

What is this all about?

I can forgive Mr Morris for not being aware of the plight of some of his constituents, after all, until Annette invited me to visit the foodbank last year I was ignorant of the dire circumstances in which some people of Morecambe find themselves.

The difference is, as soon as I was made aware, I wanted to do something about it.

I know that someone like me cannot do much however, I care and I try.

Mr Morris must recognise that the existence and need for a foodbank in his constituency cannot be ignored and demands a visit.

I believe that Mr Morris is reluctant to go because he believes it has links to the Labour Party, however, this situation transcends party politics and, in my opinion, is not an excuse to stay away.

David, more and more people in your constituency are being forced to use foodbanks or go hungry and I implore you to go and see for yourself and then make an effort to do something about it.

At the end of the foodbank presentation some light hearted ‘awards’ of sweets were given out to the amazing volunteers who work there.

Even in the face of such adversity, it’s humbling to see that the people working there still manage to retain a sense of humour.