Mick Dennison column: We look forward to return of regulars

Mick Dennison.
Mick Dennison.
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Well, we are almost there. Do I mean one-step nearer to the bypass being built – no!

Do I mean there is a possibility of the council having a decent entertainment package planned for next summer – no!

It is though, just a few days away from the Premier League returning to our screens and the pubs getting their regulars back in again.

I remarked last week that we should all get out and support our pubs showing the England games but the lack of domestic football being broadcast has led in some areas to an almost boycott of pubs over the weekend. The fact it is all shown on ITV doesn’t help.

Our Sky TV rep was out and about in town last Wednesday night and he wondered why we weren’t showing the darts. I gave him both barrels as to why our largest satellite provider had not seized on the opportunity to arrange (because they can) some decent lower league fixtures for us to watch.

I think many publicans will be asking for a rebate from the horrendous amounts of money they have to pay out to Sky and now BT Sport as well.

Help is at hand for pubs this weekend with Saturday being the best day to catch some Northern teams playing.

On Saturday lunch, we have Blackpool v Wigan and Newcastle v Liverpool followed by West Ham V Man City at teatime.

Of course, Morecambe are playing at home against Wimbledon and the home team will be looking for some good support on the back of their eight game unbeaten run. I hope that in time some of the fans will remember which pubs used to be the focus of pre-match and get back to supporting them.

Another occasion getting closer every day is the annual Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. This year we as a town can boost the money raised for military welfare causes and the pubs of the town can help.

I will soon have all the collection tins and poppies ready for pick-up in the York.

All pubs please come and pick them up from me or give me a call and I’ll deliver them. This year we have had difficulties organising the appeal, however; we will not fail in our duty to deliver throughout the town .