Mick Dennison column

Mick Dennison.
Mick Dennison.

I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed for a positive result from our town council this Thursday as they make a decision regarding funding for Armed Forces Day 2015.

It was a great disappointment last year that no parade took place. Many ex-servicemen were asking if we would have a parade but the funding was not in place in time for the town band to be booked and paid for.

This year the chairman of the local branch of the Royal British Legion has submitted the request in good time and hopefully we will have a positive result.

If we get the go ahead the parade will take place along the promenade on Sunday, June 28 from the Tin Mountains to the Arena where there will be a Drumhead Service. All ex-servicemen’s groups within the town will be welcome to march along with the various Cadet detachments.

I did hear a funny story that someone from the council wondered why we actually need a band for a parade.....amazing.

As you would have read last week I took a few days off to visit family in Spain. I actually celebrated a second Christmas in the village of Jesus Pobre as they enacted the arrival of the Three Kings. It involved many from the local community dressing up as the kings and their attendants, riding through the streets on horses and giving out presents to local children.

It is a great event that brings the whole community and tourists like me together. It helped local businesses as well with all the bars and restaurants packed out before and afterwards.

In fact the children taken into the bars were all well behaved and were looked after by their parents instead of being left to run and roam loose.

Finally, just what are charities playing at? Once again the pub industry is being hit by one particular group asking us to abstain from alcohol in January.

I wonder if I should ask people to stop smoking and going to the bookies as well. I’ll gladly give money to charity but won’t stop doing something I like.