Jane Binnion column

Jane Binnion.
Jane Binnion.

What a weekend that was.

Bonfire night and then my birthday was the same day as the World War One Centenary Remembrance Day and 25 years since the Berlin Wall came down.

It felt like a very big day, so it was pretty weird that my Google home page graphic was cakes and candles and Happy Birthday Jane.

I really appreciate Remembrance Day and as always we observed the two minute silence.

It’s such a moving experience.

This year, more than ever, I’ve felt engaged with it, maybe because of the centenary but also because of following it on twitter.

I tend to listen to the news on the radio rather than on TV so it was on twitter that I saw the amazing pictures of the display of poppies around the Tower of London.

Watching the hash tags #lestweforget and #remembrancesunday has been much more engaging for me than the BBC /ITV news.

I’ve read peoples’ stories, seen peoples’ photos and of course read a range of opinions.

That makes it all so much more meaningful to me.

None of that is news to Royal British Legion though who have a very healthy 115k twitter following.

The other excitement this weekend is that Lancaster now has a new veggie cafe, Roots.

Now some might say that we have enough cafes in Lancaster, but actually that doesn’t seem to be the case.

One month before she opened, despite being crazy busy, the owner, Lancaster’s Dawn Bentley, asked me to help her get her Facebook page set up.

This is a great move because it lets people know that a new business is soon to open and also lets people know that staff are wanted, drums up a lot of local interest and support and by the time she opened she already had 300 likes on her page with lots of people talking to her on there.

Which meant that by the time Saturday came the place was absolutely packed.

Mostly I’m asked to work with existing organisations, so to see social media in action taking a brand new business from pre-launch to opening has been almost as exciting for me as it has been for Dawn.