Mick Dennison column

Mick Dennison.
Mick Dennison.

It seems very poignant, as the world waits with bated breath regarding events in the Middle East and Ukraine, that we as a country are commemorating events that happened a hundred years ago.

Almost to the week, from the murder of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife in Sarajevo, to the mobilisation of our troops and thereafter the declaration of war: these events were being reported in our newspapers.

With the Poppyscatter project, we as a town have taken a lead in the nation’s commemorations of WW1.

On Sunday, August 3 there will be a service at the poppy bed in Happy Mount Park at 3.45pm.

The service will take the form of a small parade starting from the park gates and led by the town band.

All ex-servicemen and other uniformed services, cadets and church groups are welcome to join the parade and members of the public may walk behind the main body.

We want everyone to get involved.

The service is being conducted in the afternoon owing to other commemorative events taking place earlier that day.

This Friday, 26th July, sees Morecambe FC take on Preston North End in a friendly game at the Globe Arena. The football club have made a great gesture by allowing two teams of service personnel from Weeton Camp to play a short five a side game at half time.

The game is being played to commemorate the fact two teams played a game of football from the trenches during the First World War.

One a team of Allied soldiers, the others German.

Let’s hope our modern day soldiers are not to be whisked off to present worldwide conflicts.

Talking of football and Morecambe FC, I have to take my hat off to two supporters that have started up a new away travel club.

Terry Dockerty and Geoff Wilson have negotiated some great deals to allow supporters to attend away matches without breaking the bank.

Daggenham is now fully booked and other matches are filling up quickly.

Come along to the York on Friday nights to book your seats.