Some Damn Good Old Fashioned British Pride

10 11 2008

Remembrance Sunday 2008

To quote my very great departed friend and father in law, “Its piddling down”.. (whats new) but thankfully it remained rain free just long enough in Memorial Park Fleetwood for today’s remembrance ceremony which was a very moving event, well organised and very well attended.

Representing Wyre Borough Council and taking part in the annual procession, I was wearing many hat’s, in tribute for the past and with pride for the present. Proud husband & father, community leader and local business man.

We gathered around the cenetaf as the wind howled through the otherwise silent park.

As the last post rang out and with a lump in my throat I remembered that this was an occasion not only to salute all our brave servants from every walk of life who have been lost in wars past and present, but also a time to reflect on personal losses, loved ones passed on who in turn would have stood proudly where I stood remembering their gallant comrades, including horrific moments forced upon them by terrible conflicts.

Looking around the gathering, which represented many parts of my community standing respectfully silent, I was uplifted by the presence of so many young people who had given their time to be with us, some not fully understanding the necessity of the occasion but learning how to give respect to others who had given their lives in the belief that they would help to create freedom and a better world in which to live.

If we do not continually strive for improvement and freedom together the lives of our great servicemen and women will have been lost without reason.


What a Rumpus at last weeks Council Meeting

22 09 2008

Last weeks Full Council Meeting in the Civic Centre chamber held at wyre Borough Council offices was the best entertainment I have seen for ages. The muppet show could’nt have improved upon the behaviour and antics of our socialist collegues, in fact the script writers of that famous show surely had a hand in the performance that was laid before us.

Scargill and Benn who doubled as Cllr Shewan & Cllr Grunshaw, threw acusation after acusation at the bemused cabinet members who sat before them. The answers to two of Cll Grunshaws questions “On Notice” being public knowledge already and one relating to ownership of the land under the pier was in his own ward. Whoops!!

Cllr Shewan went on to further upset the cabinet by accusing them of theft and lying about the Councils intentions for housing on the seafront. Cllr Shewan was ordered to withdraw his allegations by the leader Cllr Forsyth, stating that serious re-percussions could insue. The Deputy Mayor brought the meeting to order ..eventually. Steady Tiger

This mayhem brought to mind how many of the muppets had look alikes in the chamber.

Cllr Hamer had a curt response to his question about refuse collection then put in his place regarding CCTV in our Ward. He was then accused of wasting the deputy Mayor’s time when asking about the passenger figures for the ferry as he had been given that information at an earlier date.


Cllr Vincent was on form giving angry Shewan some of his own medicine and on each occasion Shewan fired a shot Vincent rebounded with a broadside.

This was some meeting!!  I left breathless thinking how many likenesses I could think of CAN YOU?



Will the real Muppets Stand up Please ??