Mick Dennison column

Mick Dennison.
Mick Dennison.

When you plan an event a year in advance only one thing is certain in Morecambe.

Don’t rely on the weather! Such was the situation on Sunday as people gathered for the Poppyscatter parade.

That and other outdoor events were hit badly over the weekend as the skies opened and the rain fell in buckets.

The town band couldn’t perform as the rain would damage some of the instruments and the standards wouldn’t be able to fly proud as the rain would literally ruin them.

In WW1 the troops and the battles did not stop because of a drop of rain and it was the same with the decent crowd that did brave the elements to pay their respects on Sunday afternoon.

A convenient tree was found to shelter under adjacent to the poppy bed and we began on the dot at 3.30pm, led by Father Chris from Torrisholme’s Church of Ascension.

The most poignant part for me was the reading of the names of those from the local area that fell during the war.

British Legion officials, our MP, councillors and members of the public read the names with pride – our town’s moving epitaph to the brave.

The Last Post and Reveille was played superbly by Stuart Bateson from Morecambe Brass Band, hardly a dry eye, or was that the rain? Methinks he will be playing that again during the Remembrance Parade in November.

As the service came to a close I looked over at the poppy bed and felt a warm feeling that the people of this town had come to the help of the Poppyscatter committee and made it all possible after the terrible vandalism a few months ago.

There was an explosion of red amongst many soon to bloom shoots - they should give a blaze of colour right the way through to October if not November.

Many men from Morecambe died in a poppy covered Flanders field one hundred years ago, our town now has a peaceful oasis of reflection to visit – it should be a focal point for the next four years.