I WAS surprised to hear Frank Carson’s family have objected to a fond remembrance from his former colleagues who both knew him and worked with him in the town (Gazette, March 15).
I am sure Tony Jo would not have intended to steal any thunder from an ‘official’ Frank Carson tribute arranged by his family.
Tony had known Frank for many years and had booked him to appear in many charity and variety shows in the resort and across the country. They were very good friends.
The Hands on Deck charity productions have been running for quite some time and are always a sell-out, so Tony didn’t need to ‘use’ Frank’s name to fill the theatre.
Tony has also raised more money for local charities and other needy organisations than anyone I know in Blackpool, and has never said no to help any worthwhile cause. If it wasn’t for Tony’s hard work and efforts, there wouldn’t be a statue to another friend of his, Les Dawson.
Everyone in Blackpool loved Frank, and I think re-naming the show was nothing more than a salute to his memory.
Frank certainly deserves a star-studded gala event and I hope it is held in Blackpool, where it rightly belongs.
I also hope many famous celebrities who worked with Frank and also those that were fans of his unique, infectious humour will appear and attend.
If Frank’s family want someone to organise and arrange this extravaganza to celebrate the star’s life then they should look no further than to Tony Jo who would do an excellent job.
COUN TONY WILLIAMS
Councillor for Anchorsholme
Great news, the more improvements to our town centre, the better.
Finally preserving some of the heritage.
Glad to see something has started. Unlike the Talbot Gateway, or whatever it is called this year. Four weeks ago, The Gazette headlined that work had started, but the only work so far is to roll the shutters down on the upper floors of the bus station.
What is going on with the upstairs part.
There is only a cafe at the rear as far as I am aware?
It is great that work is being done but why is it always when the holidays are upon us – same with roadworks as they start in the middle of season, I think better planning is needed.