Mick Dennison column

Mick Dennison.
Mick Dennison.

After all the planning and preparation the Morecambe Poppy Scatter finally got officially underway.

World War One began in the mid-summer of 1914 but our commemoration started on a bitterly cold lunchtime last Friday in Happy Mount Park.

It was therefore a great testament to the community spirit in our town that a fair sized crowd came along.

The occasion was supported by our mayor, MP, counsellors, members of the Royal British Legion and two parties of local school children.

A service of dedication was led by Fr Chris Holden from the Church of the Ascension in Torrisholme who was able to include local names of

the fallen in his prayers. With a piper playing a lament after I recited the Epitaph it was a moving tribute.

Steve Trainor, the brainchild behind this project led the scattering of the Poppy seeds in the flower bed kindly loaned to us by the council. Everyone present scattered theirs after the service and it seems hard to believe that a sea of red will be visible during the summer months.

One thing that has struck me during the months leading up to last Friday is the way everyone has been pulling together.

From the great support from the council, the office of our MP, the TA and local businesses it’s definitely a local effort.

I will definitely be constructing an area of the York beer garden for a display of poppies but on a personal note I will scatter a bag of

seeds at the Bridge over the River Kwai.

The wife and me are on holidays at the moment in Thailand, visiting my sister Amanda.

I’m sure many in the town who attended Morecambe High circa 76 - 80 will remember her.

She is now the deputy principle and Head of Primary at the Shrewsbury International School in Bangkok - not bad for a lass from Morecambe.

Watch out next week for an update on our travels and keep safe and dry back home.