IT’S that time of year again. The schools are back, and as usual, the weather perks up as if to taunt the reluctant school kids returning to their classrooms by flaunting the last days of summer in their faces.
It’s great for some, though. A little girl we know went to school for the first time this week. Little Sadie (right), on her way to Longman Hills’ School, was very excited to start and learn things and meet new people and have more fun. Her mum, Jennifer, left behind without her baby, shed a sad but proud tear.
At the other end of the 13 year school and college marathon, my daughter Grace has had all those formative years and is also embarking on something new. We took her to see her university flat in Liverpool this week. She starts in a fortnight. She is very happy and excited. She wants to learn stuff and meet new people and have more fun.
It’s going to be great for her, too. But like millions of other parents who watch their children grow and then go, I’ve just got to hope and cope. It’s only right they pull away bit by bit and then eventually fly the nest. But I’ve always dreaded this bit.
q It’s good to see two bastions of Selby’s economy giving each other a leg up out of the economic mire this country remains in. The Potter Group and Greencore have done a deal which is good for both companies, which means it’s good for hundreds of employees in this area and therefore for hundreds of families.
Perhaps this bit of business may encourage other firms to do business within the town – and not elsewhere. If the product is good enough and the price is right, let’s look after our own. Keep as much money as possible in the local economy – it’s time to circle the wagons.
q As expected, the Paralympics have been inspiring and frustrating in equal measure. Inspiring because of the people involved and their stories and their courage.
Frustrating because they are marginalised on cash-strapped Channel Four. Also frustrating because the Channel Four ad men are telling us the paralympians are “super humans”. And they’ve got them looking all mean and moody. They’re not super humans. They’re only human. And they’re celebrating. That’s the whole point of this.
q The Rev John Hetherington, rector of Monk Fryston and South Milford, wouldn’t say he was an athlete. In fact, he says he’s only just got the stabilizers off his bike and doesn’t cycle at all. But nevertheless, he’s going to confront his demons and will cycle 76 miles to raise money for charity and a church roof. Well done John. He’s doing something he’d rather not, for the good of others. That’s an example to us all.
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Weather for Selby
Saturday 25 May 2013
Temperature: 5 C to 17 C
Wind Speed: 10 mph
Wind direction: North
Temperature: 7 C to 19 C
Wind Speed: 12 mph
Wind direction: West