I ENTERED a competition in The Gazette connected to the Comedy Carpet week, in March.
My husband, Paddy persuaded me to send in a poem I had written for him, in fun, a few years ago, which he never tired of listening to.
Paddy died on March 22, just after our wedding anniversary. A few days later I received a phone call to say I had won the competition with my poem. It was my birthday.
The prize was a wonderful package of tickets for attractions all across Blackpool.
Most of them were places Paddy had worked for in his lifetime. He had been a “stick man” on The Tower for many years, and worked at the Winter Gardens and Tower Ballroom. He had operated the lifts up The Tower and driven trams on the Promenade.
The last thing we did together was go and see the Comedy Carpet on an early March day, just before he died. We thought it was so wonderful and we both laughed at the jokes and ditties.
Although I didn’t feel much like going out, I passed on some of the tickets to my family or friends who had supported me over the last few months.
My two wonderful grandsons are really looking forward to visiting The Sandcastle, and my daughter and I visited Madame Tussauds. What a wonderful place to visit.
I am looking forward to visiting The Tower next.
Thank you so much for this wonderful gift.
I hope that all the attractions get the visitor numbers they so richly deserve.
Paddy would have been so chuffed. I can just imagine him saying: “See, I didn’t forget your birthday after all!”
If you take items to the Promenade you should dispose of them safely and properly. We pick up other people’s bottles and tins if there is a bin nearby.
Zero tolerance must be adopted, instead of the current huggy touchy approach.
I regularly cycle past the South Pier and Sandcastle area in the morning and the sheer amount of rubbish in that area (it seems to collect there) is heartbreaking
The council workers who deal with this every day really do deserve credit for what they achieve.
When I was growing-up in Canada, the schools had anti-litter campaigns.
Also there was always an anti-litter commercial on the TV every hour or so. These anti-litter commercials were sponsored by the television networks.
Some people seem to have no concept of cause and effect...for example, where does the discarded rubbish go?
“Erm, someone else will pick it up.”...
Who knows what their own homes are like.