Carla and I took part in the Remembrance Parade on Sunday together with some of our fellow town and city councillors.
It was an honour to parade with representatives from our armed forces and in particular, those veterans who have seen active service.
There aren’t many left who served in the Second World War and it is so important that we pay tribute and remember those who fought for our country.
Although it was a rainy, blustery day there were lots of members of the public lining the route and applauding the service personnel as they marched past.
When we got back to the Platform, the councillors were dismissed and we then made our way inside, formed a Guard of Honour and applauded the service personnel as they made their way inside.
Father Tom presided over the ceremony at the Cenotaph and, as you would expect, it was both sombre and emotional. The lowering of the Standards and then The Last Post always brings a lump to my throat.
It is hard for us to imagine what some of the people stood alongside us have seen and experienced but I do know that I will be eternally grateful for their courage and sacrifice.
It was our daughter’s 18th birthday party this weekend and I still cannot believe that I’m married to someone old enough to have an 18 year old.
Seriously though, I can’t believe how time flies; where has that 18 years gone?
It’s a bit of a wake-up call, working hard and being busy is all well and good but sometimes you need to take a step back and take a little time out to take stock of the important things in life and maybe even enjoy yourself.
Both Carla and I are always busy with something but I’m going to try and fit in the odd day off now and again.
I’ll let you know how that one goes.
I noticed that David Morris made a comment last week about the council ‘bleating’ about government cuts to funding.
I thought that this was a little unfair considering the severity of the cuts that have been handed down.
I think that there’ll be worse to come when Lancashire County Council announce their budget next week. They seem to have had their money slashed to the bone.
More bad news on the way I think.
Forcing councils to cut services and make people redundant surely cannot help the economy grow.
Having people in work, paying taxes and having a reasonable standard of life is surely what we need.
Maybe I’m looking at this far too simplistically but it makes sense to me. I know we have a deficit, so what?
Many people have loans and credit cards, it’s a way of life.
Why is the country any different?
I say let’s pay off the deficit a little slower, keep people in work and maintain local services that ensure that we live in a clean and tidy country.