Now those of you who know me well will be aware that football is not my thing. Having been born and bred in Hull I spent many years avoiding the topic in pubs – until last year when, for once, I could hold my head high again. Maybe not this year of course …. However, The Mover has entered a team in the Interdean six-a-side tournament on 16 May 2015. Yes it’s true! I will be in charge of shouting at the ref and oranges; David will be chief photographer and strategist; and Nikki has volunteered as the team physio. The players: are well, that’s another matter. The tournament is on behalf of Marie Curie. It’s a good cause and I trust that a few of you out there will, like us, pool your talent and join in the fun – if you think you are tough enough.
This is another packed issue for you. May I draw your attention to page seven. You will all remember the tragedy of the two chaps who fell from a balcony in London in November. I want you to tell me how you would have done the job. If you have the know-how and the experience, tell me so I can tell the rest of the industry. That way, perhaps we can help avoid a repeat.
There is also a very small piece on page six saying that Fred and Gerald Baxter were found not guilty of defrauding the MOD. I hope to have a much fuller story from Fred in the near future but, in the meantime, those who doubted should perhaps reflect on the fact that things are not always what they seem.
Finally, I acknowledge the news that Stephen Vickers, Director General of BAR, it stepping down in May. Many of you will know that Stephen and I haven’t always seen eye-to-eye on things. However, I wish him well in whatever he does next. The Mover has always had an excellent relationship with every moving organisation in the world. It has always been a disappointment to me that our relationship with the home association was less so. I sincerely hope that I will be able to build a much more constructive relationship with Stephen’s successor for our mutual benefit and that of the whole industry. Steve