Wensum - Good to see young at parade
There was an excellent turn-out for the Remembrance Sunday parade and service in the town centre, perhaps the best-attended for a long time.
The fine weather was, of course, a factor but I’m inclined to agree with many observers around the region that the occasion has become increasingly significant.
This has much to do with our ongoing engagements in overseas wars and is also an acknowledgement of the important role played by troops stationed just a few miles down the road.
The poignancy which always accompanies a remembrance service has an added dimension when we are reminded of this. What impresses me these days is the number of young people standing in silence around our war memorial.
The fact that they may not fully appreciate what it’s all about is neither here nor there.
In time I’m sure they will recall these moments and reflect on their significance. Marshalling the event for the final time, a word of congratulations to Philip Walker.
He has revelled in this role and carried it out with aplomb for the past 14 years. We can hardly blame him for finally calling it a day as he marches towards his eightieth birthday next year.
It’s been pleasing to see the success of our local film society, formed just over a year ago.
The interest has been such that more than 130 enrolments were registered during this launch period and the majority of films were well attended.
Just two of the monthly choices ran at a loss and if there is a lesson to be learnt from this it’s that re-runs of formerly popular movies – such as E.T. – are best steered away from. During its second year the society has already signed up more than a hundred members, each of whom pay £10 a year and then £4.50 per film.
I would hardly count myself a film buff but during the first year I somehow managed to attend every showing at our local cinema.
The society reckoned this worthy of recognition and were generous enough to give me a free membership ticket for the current 12 months.
Thanks to the close cooperation with the cinema management, additional showings will be part of the 2013 programme. Currently there’s a film on every second Thursday evening of the month but from January next year, members can enjoy an extra film on the last Monday of each month.
Congratulations to the team which has masterminded this popular venture and in particular to Jane Heppell who kick-started the whole idea.
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Weather for King's Lynn
Thursday 23 May 2013
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