David Morris column: Warblers welcome at my Thora unveiling

David Morris Morecambe and Lunesdale MP
David Morris Morecambe and Lunesdale MP
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I’d like to thank the many people who came to watch the unveiling of the plaque in memory of Dame Thora Hird on Friday morning.

Special thanks to everyone at JD Wetherspoon who made the unveiling possible. Amongst the crowd were some representatives of the Morecambe Warblers who I am pleased I had an opportunity to talk to.

The Warblers were based in the Royalty theatre until 1934.

Thora’s dad James was the manager of the Royalty at that time and James produced and stage managed for the Warblers. Dame Thora did perform with the Warblers as well as being the honorary Dancing Mistress in 1935 when the Warblers moved to the Winter Gardens.

Just a few days before we carried out the unveiling, I was pleased to receive the latest unemployment statistics. They show that unemployment has again reduced in Morecambe & Lunesdale.

The number of people unemployed in the constituency is below average in the North West which is news that I welcome.

The number of claimants in Morecambe & Lunesdale is 120 lower than in August 2012 and 64 lower than in July 2013 I hope that unemployment continues to reduce in the constituency.

In recent weeks I have written extensively about the threat of closure at Skerton Community High School this is a reminder that if you support mine and the parent’s campaign to keep the school open, please write to Lancashire County Council and to your local county councillor.

I have received a number of letters and e-mails this week from former pupils talking of how enjoyable their experience was at Skerton.

Since 2010 over 300,000 small businesses have started up nationally. You will know that I am a former small business owner and I support the Visitors SOS Campaign.

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