Mick Dennison column

Mick Dennison.
Mick Dennison.

The whole of the town deserves a pat on the back this week as we all made this year’s Remembrance Parade another great success.

I woke up on Sunday morning to the watery rays of autumnal sunshine streaming through the windows of the York, a wry smile played across my face – my prayers had been answered.

Getting along to the war memorial by 10am it was great to see the public gathering so early, all hoping to get the best view of the service.

Nimrod was playing over the PA system, at the Platform the marchers were meeting and greeting each other and the band was tuning up nicely.

This year we were joined by a detachment from the Royal Logistical Corps and local servicemen in uniform – they led our parade and did a fantastic job.

After briefing the parade we set off behind the band, it seemed there were more marching this year, long may that continue.

It became apparent once we were on the promenade stretch that the crowds were also bigger this year.

Maybe it was the weather, maybe it was the occasion of the WW1 centenary, who knows? It was just uplifting to see.

The service went like clockwork, the result of a couple of years of re-tweaking the format slightly and finally cutting down the time many of the old comrades have to stand. We have also managed for the past few years to include the cadet forces into the arena – they are the future and are now right on the front row.

The march-past and salute was greeted by the public who broke into spontaneous applause and even kept time with the band, it does make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end. It proves that in this town, at least, we have an appreciative public.

Finally, the day is in two parts – the formal then the fun. I heard news of all the pubs getting good trade throughout the town and of course we hosted many here in the York after the parade. A great day for the town and the ex-service personnel – see you all next year.