Letters - April 24, 2013

NOT FORGOTTEN: Lisa Michelle Hough who died two years ago. A fundraising night raised �2,400 in her memory

NOT FORGOTTEN: Lisa Michelle Hough who died two years ago. A fundraising night raised �2,400 in her memory

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CASH RAISED FOR NSPCC

Lisa not forgotten

We would like to give a very big thank you to three very special ladies Michelle Varley, Kristy Boffey and Debra Wilson, who organised the ball 0n Saturday, April 13 at La Mezzaluna in Cleveley’s.

The meal, the entertainment, fun casino and the disco were all brilliant.

There were raffles and an auction with prizes donated by many people and companies such as Sainsbury’s, Burtons Biscuits, Blackpool FC, Wickes and Manchester United FC to name but a few.

The event was in memory of our precious daughter Lisa Michelle Hough who died on March 30, 2011.

On the night £2,400 was raised.

In the two years since Lisa passed away £7,500 has been raised by these very special ladies all donated to the NSPCC.

A big thankyou also to Tony Jo who very kindly gave his time to take the auction.

There were more than 100 people who attended and we would like to say thank you to you all, because without you it would not have been such a brilliant night where every one had such a good time.

Looking forward to the next ball.

Kath, Bill and Paul Hough

Redbank Road

Bispham

Shared space

A cost to Blackpool

Following philosophies can sometimes be very expensive as Germany and Russia found to their cost.

I doubt the debacle of shared space will be comparable but it will be at a cost Blackpool can ill-afford.

It would appear no apologies are forthcoming as the council was acting on the best advice.

It is a pity they did not take advice from local opinion which was better placed to judge the impact of the scheme.

To most people four into two was bound to cause problems.

If it is changed back there will be months of more chaos.

Something which I thought Blackpool did need was a suitably sited bus station, especially important for a tourist resort and to promote the use of public transport.

There is such a building but it is now going to be used for shops. As though Blackpool is short of shops.

This is more likely to add to the abundance of charity shops nearby.

John Judge

Oxford Road

Blackpool

Highfield road shops

More parking

In response to Coun Henderson (Letters April 10), to shop in Highfield Road, first you need to be able to park.

Since the new planning and resurfacing of the road, we now have a bus stop for three buses, two loading bay areas with enough space for at least five vans, with ‘no parking’ signs between 8am and 6pm. We must have lost at least 14 parking spaces.

J. Scholey

Aysgarth Court

Blackpool

Thatcher debate

Got us thinking

As a self-evidently experienced journalist she probably expected it, but your columnist Jacqui Morley seems to have triggered a barrage of criticism for her article that was itself critical of Margaret Thatcher’s tenure as Prime Minister.

While I didn’t agree with all she said, I did find her ‘Look at it This Way’ article thought provoking: it stimulated me to think fromangles I had not previously considered.

Surely that has to be a good thing. Surely our perceptions on all matters need challenging and testing – even if that testing process only serves to confirm the ideas and values we hold.

Without hearing and considering ‘the contrary opinion’ we cannot expect to grow as individuals, nor can we be comfortable the views we hold are the most appropriate.

To (badly) paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld: We know what we know, but we don’t know what we don’t know until we know it.

So I’d like to say thank you to Jacqui Morley for her independence of mind and her willingness to express it.

The episode puts me in mind of John Stuart Mill who famously said “If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.”

My conclusion? When you read a view with which you disagree, it doesn’t make either the writer – or the reader – right or wrong.

It just makes them different. And being different is the root cause all of the progress in our world.

It is something we should celebrate; not criticise.

Fred Moor

St Annes

Purse handed in

Away fan’s thanks

I stayed in Blackpool for the weekend to see my team Chesterfield play at Fleetwood.

I lost my purse when out walking my dog on the beach.

When contacting my bank they told me my purse had been handed in to Blackpool police station.

A big thank you to Mr Hopkin who found and handed my purse in and to officer Steve (number 11429)for kindly cancelling all my cards and returning my purse to me.

Many thanks and I hope to see Blackpool return to the Premier League soon!

Rebecca Johnson Sutcliffe

(by email)