David Morris column: Reasons to be Thankful for bikers’ journey

David Morris Morecambe and Lunesdale MP
David Morris Morecambe and Lunesdale MP
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Thank you to the many constituents who wrote to me complaining about the withdrawal of the 40/41 bus. The loss of services was a disappointing blow to many people who use public transport.

Thanks to your persistence, the support of The Visitor and the letters I wrote, I am delighted to tell you that the number 33 bus as of this week will now join Morecambe Road at the Shrimp Roundabout which will mean that passengers will be able to travel by bus. The bus will then drive towards the college before looping back towards Broadway.

Thank you for the many letters I received. It is always pleasing to get a positive result from a campaign.

It was a pleasure to welcome hundreds of motorcycle riders to Arkholme on Saturday night. They had ridden from Wales as part of the Thankful Villages motorcycle ride. The riders were raising money for the Royal British Legion by riding into 51 villages who did not lose anyone during the First World War 1914-1918. Arkholme sent 59 people and 59 returned. The ride also passed through Nether Kellet.

The organisers hope to raise £51,000 for the Royal British Legion. It was a marvelous event at Docker Park Farm with traditional wartime music, inter village games and a party atmosphere. I think the bikers doing this ride give younger generations the opportunity to reflect on the service given by previous generations in defence of our country.

It also gives each and every one of us the opportunity to keep in our contemplations those currently serving in the armed forces here and overseas. The bikers then continued their charity ride on Sunday morning to the village in Wales that they started from in July.

I was concerned to read in last week’s Visitor that the Portas money has not yet been spent. I would urge those who hold the purse strings to invest this money in Morecambe where it was intended to be spent. It is no good to anyone sat in a bank account.