Mick Dennison column

Mick Dennison. Pub Landlord. York Hotel, Morecambe.
Mick Dennison. Pub Landlord. York Hotel, Morecambe.

I read with great pleasure last week that Mal Neill, the local Poppy Appeal organiser, could announce the final total raised for last year’s appeal.

£20,911.50 is a fantastic amount for Morecambe and Heysham; let’s hope we can match it next year.

I can announce today two dates for the diary for the ex-service community in the town, the first being Saturday, April 25 which is Anzac Day.

For the past five years or so we at the Legion branch have encouraged the commemoration of this special day for Australian and New Zealanders owing to the grave of Flight Sergeant Wilson of the Royal New Zealand Airforce being discovered in Torrisholme Cemetery.

He selflessly steered his aircraft away from the Sandylands shoreline during a training flight during WW2. His crew all bailed out but sadly he crashed into the bay.

Legion members, other associations, and members of the public are all welcome to attend a service of commemoration which will be held that day in the cemetery which this year actually falls on Anzac Day.

The second date for the diary is Armed Forces Day which again the Legion will co-ordinate after securing the bid for a grant to cover the cost of the Town Band and printing of advertising posters. Once again it is hoped that as many ex-service personnel, cadets and any serving military form up at the clock tower on Sunday, June 28 for a march along the promenade towards the Arena and a Drum Head service.

It is also a good opportunity for the general public to get involved by attending the service.

Armed Forces weekend is the nation’s chance to thank all those service personnel who are maintaining the defence of our country in the same manner and professionalism of those that went before.

We don’t ask for money on this day, only your appreciation.

Detailed timings and further information regarding both events will be published nearer the time – keep watching this page.