WE have come a long way since the Queen took the throne in 1952.
Technology has enriched our lives in numerous ways and why go out to buy when it can be ordered on the internet and delivered?
Since the arrival of the remote control and fast food takeaways, we have also become couch potatoes and more obese than we ever imagined.
With fewer household chores and more time on our hands, our pride has plummeted.
Large household items – chairs, sofas and appliances – are left on one’s property front with no regard of what it looks like.
We are dumping rubbish in back streets when every neighbour used to sweep their own part. Today you’d need two strapping lads and a wheelbarrow.
Regard and respect has almost gone when night hawks can make noise in our streets with no concern for residents hoping to get a good night’s sleep before the alarm goes off; with the noisy culprits enjoying a good day’s kip.
All that is aside from smashing up telephone boxes, bus shelters, parked cars, burglary, drunken and drug related crime, kids being cheeky to adults knowing they can get away with it.
Yes, we’ve come a long way since 1952, but as regards respect for our neighbours and civilised behaviour, forget it.
I WOULD like to invite everyone to our summer fair in Eastpines Park on Saturday, July 7, from 11.30am to 4pm.
We have a Victorian music organ, lots of stalls, including a dolls dress stall and plant stall, donkey rides, a bouncy castle, a children’s football tournament supported by Blackpool Rangers, along with a beat-the-goalie competition and excellent raffle prices, including a football signed by the Blackpool football team.
It will be a great day and all the money raised will go towards buying new play equipment in the park.
For anyone who isn’t sure where Eastpines Park is, just catch a tram to Anchorsholme Lane tram stop and head down Luton Road, and Eastpines Park is next to Anchorsholme Library.
Look forward to seeing you on what promises to be our best community fun day yet.
There will be something for everyone young and old.
COUN PAUL GALLEY
A NUMBER of people have contacted me regarding the future of the Norcross site.
It is worth stressing the site itself is not closing – the service personnel and Veterans Agency will remain the principle user of the site, and the vast bulk of ancillary staff, I understand, will be required to continue to service their needs as well as the landowner Trillium.
It is only DWP activity that will be relocated to either Warbreck House or Peel Park.
My main goal throughout this has been to not to see job losses during this reappraisal, and to ensure the transport links are enhanced.
Equally, I continue to stress to ministers the Fylde coast should remain a centre for DWP work.
MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys