I couldn’t take a photograph from the end of The Pier for you today, because The Pier is currently a building site. I guess the Autumn is the best time to carry out any work on a pier, before the onset of Winter and the more profitable Spring and Summer seasons.
You can’t really see what is going on behind the white fences the workman have put up, but you might notice one or two differences.
I don’t visit this section of the seafront very often, so this lovely flower arrangement came as something of a surprise! The flower arrangement forms part of the terminus for the Cleethorpes land train, which is driven down from The Pier, along the Central Promenade and around the short semicircular section of seawall that stop Cleethorpes Leisure Centre’s car park falling into the Humber Estuary.
I only found out that The Poachers would be exercising their freedom of Cleethorpes the day before the parade was due to take place, but as it happened I had the day off work and was able to attend. Two Companies of the Regiment marched down St. Peter’s Avenue, through the Market Place and down Alexandra Road with their band playing, swords drawn, bayonets fixed and colours flying to mark their return from operations in Afghanistan.
I ended up watching the parade from quite a quiet section of Alexandra Road (I didn’t see how busy St. Peter’s Avenue was) and it was only after the parade marched passed that I got a more accurate impression of how many people were lining the route, as those lining the roads began to follow The Poachers up to the Memorial Gate, where veteran standard bearers from the British Legion and some flag waving school children were waiting for them.
Quite a crowd gathered to hear the various civic and military dignitaries make speeches and every opportunity was taken to applaud. The band played outside the National Westminster bank, but the crowd was so dense that I could not see them, despite their scarlet tunics. You can read more about the parade in the Grimsby Telegraph: ‘Proud moment’ for Lincolnshire Poachers as more than 100 soldiers parade through Cleethorpes.