PORTSMOUTH has launched a bid to be at the centre of a huge national celebration to honour our armed forces.
Council leaders want the city to become the stage for a week of displays on land, sea and air by thousands of army, navy and air force personnel.
We should support Pompey in this bid.
This country tends to be rather London centric when it comes to national celebrations. London likes to think that they are the centre of the British universe and unfairly, in my opinion, the government tends to support this notion.
London is not geographically central to the UK and the prestige national events should be shared around the country.
Portsmouth, amongst many other cities, has as much right to host these events.
Now councillors and business leaders have urged everyone to get behind a push to bring the Armed Forces Week celebrations to Portsmouth in 2014.
The year will also mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, 100 years since the start of the First World War and 350 years since the founding of the Royal Marines.
Conservative culture, leisure and sport spokesman, Cllr Jim Fleming, said he was fully in favour of the bid.
He said: ‘This would be a terrific boost for the city’s economy and will be an opportunity to show the city in the best light possible.’
It is the economic benefits from this type of event which keeps London grabbing the best events. Pompey council have to show that they are just as ruthless and show that their city has the where with all to pull it off.
We have a great naval heritage… I can’t think of a better place for it – Defence – Portsmouth News.
You reap what you sow as the saying goes and it was certainly true for these five miscreants.
VANDALS who went on a 10-day graffiti spree were made to clear up their scrawlings after being caught in the act by police.
The five youngsters aged 11 to 13 defaced buildings across Havant, Hayling Island, Leigh Park and Bedhampton, with their signature graffiti signs, known as tagging.
It caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage to 17 homes, underpasses, shops and car parks.
We definitely need more of this sort of punishment doled out to the perpetrators. It shows society that there are consequences for negative actions.
PC Wimshurst added: ‘These lads are first-time offenders and the best solution seemed to be putting right what they had done.
‘It offers the best compensation for those who suffered and it also helps to make the offenders realise the amount of damage they have caused.
‘I think that this will teach them more than being put in a cell and told off. It was a chance to put common sense policing to work.’
These kids will have found that they had to work harder to clean up the results of their actions. It will have given them first hand experience of what their victims would have had to endure.
They spent four days scrubbing walls, litter picking and tidying up areas across the Havant borough.
Seeing them cleaning up is also a visible indicator to society that this type of action will not be tolerated. The handing out of cautions, ASBOs etc. are all to often seen as the soft approach.
Vandals made to clear up graffiti after they went on 10-day spree – Local – Portsmouth News.