Letters - April 2, 2012

Gazette Years Aerodrome'Amphibian plane at Stanley Park Airport'1930s

Gazette Years Aerodrome'Amphibian plane at Stanley Park Airport'1930s

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I WAS interested to read about the lady who flew from Stanley Park Aerodrome (Memory Lane March 20).

I had my first flight in the mid-1930s.

Due to a dispute over landing fees and fuel costs, free flights were given.

I was sat in the open cockpit with my friend when the lady pilot asked me to put my arm inside because she could not see properly.

No runways, just grass.

Another local plane was the Spartan Cruiser, a single engined monoplane with a fixed undercarriage.

The Isle of Man plane was a 48-seater Argosy.

Air shows included the Armstrong-Whitworth Whitley and the old type Handley Page Hampden bomber, plus sky divers.

In one incident, a private plane tried to take off in thick fog and crashed killing all on board.

N RAWLINSON

Dryburgh Avenue

Marton

THANKS to all the staff at the Heritage Tours for there amazing insight into the Winter Gardens.

What a fabulous building with hidden gems we never knew about.

We wish all the team there every success and we will be recommending it to all our guests, family and friends.

SHIRLEY HUNT and COLIN TAYLOR

South Shore

I HAVE been a regular visitor to Blackpool, but over the past five years it has resembled a builder’s yard, rather than a holiday resort.

My holidays in Blackpool always combined with at least two visits a week to Fleetwood on the vintage trams to visit the market and other shops in this famous old fishing town.

Since the trams have not been running for three years I have not bothered and I doubt very much if I ever shall again if, as I understand, the vintage trams will be replaced with the new type of trams.

For the past five years Blackpool has had road closures with the laying of new tram tracks and road repairs in the name of rejuvenation.

This year everything was supposed to be finished, but what do I see?

The digging up of sections of tram tracks which are supposed to be up and running soon, the desecration of the comedy carpet which was created and built in my home town and now the digging up of Talbot Square in good time for the holiday season, and road closures on the main artery roads.

R B WILSON

Hull

THE Conservative election leaflets for the May 2011 Fylde Council elections contain the following quotes in relation to council tax increases; ‘0% this year and 0% next’ and ‘The Conservative-led council has promised to freeze council tax again next year’.

At the council’s budget setting meeting on March 1, council leader Coun David Eaves stated the Conservative leadership had promised a zero per cent increase in council tax and that ‘they had delivered’.

However people may have noticed our leaders have now sneaked in the additional word average when referring to the nil budget increase (Gazette March 20).

In order to qualify for a government grant the leadership, has managed to show a bottom line net increase of zero per cent, while putting residents’ council tax up in 13 of the 16 tax areas.

It is totally unacceptable to be putting up taxes at a time when we are all struggling to make ends meet and the future for many is so uncertain.

COUN JOHN DAVIES

Fylde Ratepayers

Ashton Ward

St Annes

DID you ever serve on board any of the light fleet carriers, HMS Bulwark, HMS Albion, or HMS Centaur?

Our association – the HMS Bulwark Albion Centaur Association – is open to anyone who served at any time on these ships.

We send a magazine three times per year and run events.

This year we will be at the Hilton Hotel, Blackpool, on Saturday May 12.

The association also sponsors sea cadets from our affiliated Sea Cadet Corps on three training ships.

Inquiries to Leigh Easton, Glenmoray, Hayford Pl, Stirling FK7 9JX, or email at ngsfo@tiscali.co.uk or visit our website at www.bulwarkassoc.co.uk

LEIGH EASTON

Membership secretary

HMS Bulwark Albion entaur Association