Town Crier: Lest we forget heroes and not-so heroic

11 week-old Rayfe Prescott, whose parents are dad Andy Precott who is a corporal in the Royal Engineers and mum Eneshia Prescott from Lancaster.
11 week-old Rayfe Prescott, whose parents are dad Andy Precott who is a corporal in the Royal Engineers and mum Eneshia Prescott from Lancaster.

They say lightning never strikes twice – and we certainly hope that is the case for residents in central Morecambe, one in particular.

Dave Tarbun was lucky to escape with his life when the bolt struck his home on Friday night, blowing out nine windows, creating a hole in his roof and his front door and blowing out his electrics and appliances to devastating effect.

Even his phoneline disintegrated in the strike, which was so loud it left local residents believing a bomb had gone off. Scary stuff.

As we build up to the 100-year anniversary of World War One in 2014, it is heartwarming to see the turnout and support during Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day itself. Social media has played its part this year.

Those who may previously have not got involved have been remembering those who fought for their country on Facebook and Twitter – it has truly spanned the generations.

So it is perhaps unsurprising the outcry of horror over the callous thief who stole the Poppy Day collection from the bar of a Morecambe pub.

The police appeal to find the perpetrator was re-tweeted more than 200 times – a sign of people’s real shock at such an act of thoughtlessness and probably for very little financial gain.

It was particularly poignant as the collection box was placed there by a mother about to send her own son to war. Lest we forget? Somebody did.