It’s Remembrance Week, a time for national and local commemoration of those dark periods in our history when the whole world was plunged into war, a time for the people of this town to show their respects.
As usual, we will all gather outside the Platform this coming Sunday at 10.15am; ready to march on to the War Memorial. This year we will hopefully be thinking ahead to a year when our forces could well be pulling out of Afghanistan.
Everyone attending the parade on Sunday will have some family memory of a loved one who has served, perhaps died or been injured in conflicts since the Second World War, so it surely is a time for the whole country to remember.
I’m pleased to say that despite our problems recruiting a Poppy Organiser for the Legion branch, the distribution to collection points and the enthusiasm of all involved has paid dividends. It’s not known if we will be able to raise almost £22,500 like last year, but any money raised from the Poppy Appeal will be gratefully accepted and practically used for military causes.
The parade is of course organised by the local branch of the British Legion but a group of civilians has come up with a great idea to commemorate the First World War. Next year starts almost five years of looking back 100 years since the Great War, again nationally and now on a local basis.
Steve Turner (a Stagecoach bus driver) came up with the idea of a Poppy Scatter next year and now he is in negotiations with the council for a potential focus for the idea in the form of a flowerbed in a public place. The plan is then to encourage everyone in the area to get involved and scatter their own poppy seeds.
He has enlisted the help of a local councillor, clergy and the RBL – he is looking for others to get on board with ideas. The aim is to turn Morecambe red!
We are launching the Poppy Scatter in the York Hotel this Sunday after the Remembrance Parade. If you would like to get involved, come along – all welcome.