Letters - 21 September 2011

Blackpool International Airport
Blackpool International Airport
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I HAVE just returned from picking a friend up at Blackpool Airport on a flight from the Isle of Man.

This airport is a disgrace to our town.

Firstly it cost £2.80 for a 20-minute pick up, I then proceeded inside to find the cafe not only closed, but derelict.

I then passed the exchange bureau, closed.

On to WH Smiths for a morning paper, no such luck. You guessed, closed.

Let us now proceed to the Information Desk – in darkness and as the sign said, unmanned.

To use the one and only ATM machine, it states a charge will be made, there is also a £1 charge for a flimsy see-through plastic bag to put your liquids in.

Now let us not forget the £10 rip-off charge to leave this so called airport, my friend along with most visitors arriving by air at Blackpool do not have cars, so guess what, the free parking is not required. It is a long time since I have flown from Blackpool, (for all these reasons) and to say this airport is second rate would indeed be a compliment, it’s beyond that.

This airport is a disgrace to the town.

ALAN RILEY

Bispham

I WOULD like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the exceptional team at Legends, Central Pier.

Our good friend collapsed during the show on Sunday, September 11, and without the aid and attention of the events team, we would have been in extreme circumstances.

With calm efficiency, they ordered an ambulance, escorted our friend to a safe place, paid for a taxi for myself and my husband and even offered us tickets for another show.

It proves to me, once again, that the majority of people in our country are decent and caring and do not get the thanks that they deserve.

Due to the emotion of the occasion, I did not manage to get any names, but have nothing but admiration and appreciation for the entire team and assure them that their quick actions ensured all ended well.

LYNN and JIM THOMSON

Windsor, Berkshire

JACQUI Morley’s article about youngsters from the area joining the army (Gazette, September 19) makes distressing reading.

The officer in the article admits they recruit in the North West and economically-deprived areas.

Britain is the only state in the EU to recruit 16-year-olds, the general trend being 18.

Younger and younger groups are being targeted, from as young as five with the Action Man figures for presents, at 13 they can join the camouflage programme at the heart of the army youth marketing strategy, and visit the army career office on leaving school for what they call a friendly chat.

What of young people who haven’t been properly informed, who perhaps have not thought about the ethical issues or how it will affect them in later life?

My problem is that people like that are caught up in the system and made to fight.

ROYSTON JONES

Beryl Avenue, Anchorsholme