RECENTLY my brother Barry Kirkman, known to everyone as just Barry, died very suddenly, aged 68.
He was a daily visitor to Blackpool Zoo, where all the staff knew him and chatted to him.
My family and I found the staff so friendly and helpful at this difficult time, and recently we attended a little ceremony when a beautiful bench, situated by the Tiger enclosure, was unveiled.
Zambur the tiger was Barry’s favourite animal.
The bench was paid for by the staff and friends of the zoo. Some of the staff who were on a day off even came in to be there and chatted about the last time they spoke to Barry and what they talked about. This helped us tremendously.
Russell Catlow, the recently retired deputy director of Backpool Zoo, co-ordinated the organisation of the evening and met us in the foyer.
Could there be any other body of staff so dedicated, thoughtful and helpful as this?
We will be eternally grateful to you all.
The rain we have experienced in the last few weeks is highly unusual. Of course there will be knock on consequences.
Who exactly is taken to task for letting this cemetery fall into this state?
I’ll have my say
The grass has been growing very quickly this year, my back garden is like a marsh.
I’ve not been able to cut the grass.
It looks like they are dealing and sorting the problem, so that’s good news for the families.
Mum of the boys
Far too many people expect everything to be done for them and won’t do it themselves.