Mick Dennison column

Mick Dennison.
Mick Dennison.

What a great weekend – you only need a lick of sun and something like the Kite Festival to get people out and about.

I noticed many lobsters coming back home over York Bridge on Sunday evening.

I was at the war memorial on Saturday lunchtime to take part in a dedication service for a new bench that has been positioned in the Memorial Garden. It has been donated because of bequeathments left by past Legion members and I’d like to thank the council for providing a stable base for it to sit on.

Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the flowerbeds, which now are looking a bit ropey, and overgrown with weeds.

After the short service, I walked back over to the other side of the prom and was amazed to see another tourist attraction on the pavement.

Rows of beds and shopping trolleys adorned the wide pedestrian thoroughfare, obviously there to give weary travellers a few minutes of rest.

What an eyesore. I’m sorry, but who on earth has ever allowed a retail outlet permission to festoon our once glorious promenade with beds and other furniture? Can you imagine the average day tripper to the town or maybe there are some long term visitors lurking around somewhere thinking that looks nice. I don’t think so.

It’s all down to what our council thinks our true identity is, on one hand this weekend we experienced a great event on one part of the prom and then you’re tripping up over furniture and other tat round the corner.

I’m sure well heeled guests of the Midland Hotel are as bemused as I am.

Moving away from the prom this weekend is the Blueswater Festival, promoted by Steve Middlesbrough’s Kalimba Events. There are two nights of great blues music in the York Hotel on Friday evening from eight with Guy Morris and the Imperials and Phoenix Down and then again on Saturday at the Vale of Lune with three more acts including the Section.