COLUMN: By Mick Dennison, pub landlord, York Hotel

Mick Dennison.
Mick Dennison.

The weather has finally got that autumnal chill to it. Time to think about wrapping up well and gathering the troops on the Promenade for this year’s Remembrance Day Parade.

As usual, we are asking all those marching to assemble at the Platform no later than 10.15 on Sunday.

This gives me time to get everyone into order and allow us to march to the war memorial in time for 11am.

Of course it can’t go unnoticed it’s the parade that will commemorate 100 years since the start of World War One. The media in all forms have been full of excellent articles and programmes depicting all aspects of that turbulent time in our history.

One thing that has hit me squarely between the eyes this year is the excellent care our servicemen receive after suffering horrendous injuries on the front line.

Compare those almost robotic limbs of today with the awkward prosthetics those poor men in the Great War had to wear.

It’s donations to the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes that fund all types of forces charity initiatives and your generosity this year is needed more than ever.

The static poppy stand is now up and running in the Arndale Centre and you can buy a poppy in nearly every shop, pub and club.

Amazingly the metal commemorative poppy badges are selling out and we are attempting to get more in before this Sunday.

After the parade finishes this year the Naval Club on Heysham Road and the York will be offering their traditional hospitality to all those that have marched.

I’m sure the rum and the port will be flowing as well as some hearty, hot food consumed.

This is a great time to bring the children along and get them talking to the veterans about their regiments, medals and experiences – in fact, pull up a sandbag, they can talk for England!

Finally, don’t forget that Armistice Day is actually on Tuesday 11th at 11am. Get along to the War Memorial to stand for a minute’s silence after the last post.