Letters - August 15, 2014

Lancashire amusement park Blackpool Pleasure Beach celebrated the 110th birthday of The Sir Hiram Maxim Captive Flying Machines, Europe's oldest operating ride today. Eurofighter Typhoon test pilot Nat Makepeace swapped the controls of the UK's fastest fighter jet for the planes of the Pleasure Beach's oldest ride and was joined by Managing Director Amanda Thompson and her brother, Deputy Managing Director, Nick Thompson, on board the ride.'Credit: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Lancashire amusement park Blackpool Pleasure Beach celebrated the 110th birthday of The Sir Hiram Maxim Captive Flying Machines, Europe's oldest operating ride today. Eurofighter Typhoon test pilot Nat Makepeace swapped the controls of the UK's fastest fighter jet for the planes of the Pleasure Beach's oldest ride and was joined by Managing Director Amanda Thompson and her brother, Deputy Managing Director, Nick Thompson, on board the ride.'Credit: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
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Still just as popular !

Special day

Celebrations were riding high when the Blackpool Civic Trust chairman Joan Humble accepted the kind invitation to allow her members to take to the skies on Sir Hiram Maxim’s Flying Machine as part of its 110th anniversary as the oldest operating ride on Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach.

Making the day even more special was 
Eurofighter Typhoon test pilot Nat Makepeace who took time out to operate the machine and who says he actually learnt to fly at Blackpool Airport many years ago while staying in a local B&B.

The ride has endured the years and still there were queues of families wanting to enjoy the experience and the staff wore flying hats and goggles bringing it all together.

A cake was specially made for the day as Amanda Thompson, managing director of the Pleasure Beach, proudly showed off the amazing ride.

For two of us Civic Trust members it was especially nostalgic as the last time we took the ride it was a little chillier, as we were part of the Civic Trust’s 2013 Calendar Girls Calendar, equipped with only toffee lollies, teddies and hats.

What a great day celebrating yet again Blackpool’s rich heritage.

Shirley Matthews

Civic Trust Member, 
Heritage Tour Guide

Hygiene in shops

Sneezing

In reply to the letter concerning hygiene in shops (Your Say, August 7), as a checkout operator I can turn the subject round in our defence.

Customers cough and sneeze on us, spit when they are talking, lick their fingers to retrieve cash from wallets or purses.

If Mr or Mrs ‘name and 
address supplied’ brought in their own bags there would be no need for the operator to have to open bags.

Mrs Marlene Bertenshaw

Patrick Crescent

Rawtenstall


Choices would be calamity

New shows

Having just read the suggestions for next year’s shows given by a gentleman in your letters page (Your Say, August 12), I really find it difficult to understand his thinking.

Calamity Jane?, The Bodyguard? Compared to Mamma Mia!, those two are not in the same league.

Calamity Jane has been turned down by every amateur company in the Fylde because it has been done to death.

I just have to hope that whoever is involved in these decisions looks for something more recent, which will 
appeal to everyone. I know the Bodyguard is newer, but is not a family show.

Name and address supplied


Overflowing rubbish bins

Eyesore

Can one of those council managers in charge of the highways department tell myself and residents of Anchorsholme why the bins on the Promenade, (for example the corner of Anchorsholme and the Promenade to the new promenade at Cleveleys) are not emptied on a regular basis.

Holidaymakers use the part that is open along that stretch a lot. It does look a sight when the seagulls have been taking rubbish from the overflowing bins.

I also find it very difficult to get through to the town hall or the department involved to inform them of this. We are paying more in council tax and getting less services.

Paul Smith

Anchorsholme Lane

Anchorsholme

No time for child

Mobiles

I saw a very sad sight last Saturday in the Tesco superstore cafe area. Alongside my table was a lady and her young child. The little girl kept up a constant calling of ‘daddy, daddy’.

All this time, the mother was ignoring her, tapping away on her mobile phone.

Later, drinking my tea, I noticed the girl’s father had joined them and the child ate her food, occasionally talking to her parents. Mum was still tapping away on her phone, but so, too, was daddy!

No-one talked to the child, and I felt quite sad they could seemingly ignore her, all for the sake a mobile phone.

Rose Morley

Address supplied

Coronation Street

Filming

It is great to see Coronation Street has been back filming in Blackpool (Gazette, August 13).

The show has always supported the town, and the massive exposure it brings must surly be a boost.

C.Bolton

Marton