The Chairman Lancashire
|I hope you are all now safely back home following a very very successful
Blackpool Veterans week.
Leaving the delights of the first few days aside( one of the highlights was having an interesting conversation with Bobby Ball in the Gents toilet at the Opera House! our first sighting of our wonderful band and drums(Lancashire) came when they played for a large crowd in the centre of a sunny St Peter's Square, huge applause and cheers for their excellent programme and performing skills.
We next saw them at the Norbreck Hotel on the Saturday night, when it was the considered opinion of many that they stole the show, the "Lights out" drums being particularly singled out as excellent.
On then to Sunday morning where a slight drizzle did nothing to dampen the spirits of approximately 150 Fusiliers stalwarts, immaculate in blazer, flannels, beret and hackle and medals.
A short and very unequal contest took place for the honour of leading the parade, a very irate Senior Marine bustled up to tell me that the Fusiliers were to dress back to allow his men to lead.
A terrific parade then followed, it was heartening to hear the cheers and applause as the Fusilier contingent flashed a cracking eyes left towards the Mayor and dignitaries on the saluting dias.
Well done the lads, roll on next year.
Just a short message of congratulation to all who worked so hard in front of and behind the scenes to make our centenary commemoration of Gallipoli go so very well.
I have had messages from around the world expressing their admiration and pride in what we all achieved.
When I say "We all" that is precisely what I mean, it was a triumph of team work with many many small parts which went together to make a magnificent whole.
New friendships made, old friendships reinforced, we look ahead now to Blackpool when I hope to lead record numbers down the promenade on Sunday the 28th June.
It is with great pleasure that I accepted the chairmanship of The Fusiliers Association ( Lancashire) with effect from 20th January 2015.
We have a thriving Association thanks to the stewardship of previous chairmen and the hard work of branch officials.
It shall be my aim to continue their excellent work.
Regimentally, there are some exciting and quite fundamental changes in the near future and the support of our Association will be very much needed.
I am a firm believer in the welfare of our veterans, and that a Regiment or a Nation can be judged by how it treats those who have served and who now need a little help here and there.
You will find my contact details on this site and I hope you feel that you can reach me should you ever feel the need.