Letters - August 17

As part of Blackpool's heritage weekend there are tours of Layton Cemetery.'The grave of John Slater, who in 1837 became the first person to be buried in Layton Cemetery PIC BY ROB LOCK

As part of Blackpool's heritage weekend there are tours of Layton Cemetery.'The grave of John Slater, who in 1837 became the first person to be buried in Layton Cemetery PIC BY ROB LOCK

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I HAVE been visiting my mother’s grave in Layton Cemetery for 31 years, and this weekend was the worst I have seen it.

It is so overgrown, especially on the Mansfield Road side, where my parents are buried.

There is no water to clean the headstone or to refresh the flowers which I place there regularly.

I suppose it will be because of the cuts, but why cannot the unemployed earn their benefits and do something manual like clearing round the graves?

May I even dare to suggest that community service orders, which are handed out by the courts, be used to do something more positive.

As there is certainly not much respect shown to the living, in the light of recent events, I suppose expecting our dead to be respected, is asking too much in this day and age.

SHEILA BURNELL

Blackpool Old Road

Blackpool

REGARDING the ‘heavy metal gig fury’ (Gazette August 6), what has the cost of anyone’s home got to do with the noise outside? Are they entitled to special treatment?

No doubt these owners of £1m houses would rather this festival was held in Grange Park. Well tough.

For two days of the year they can suffer external disturbances like the rest of us do all year long.

Try living in town with noise around the clock.

MARTIN WOODSFORD

Park Road

St Annes

WHAT a delight it was to attend the Katherine Jenkins Lytham Proms concert.

Several thousand people enjoyed a fantastic evening.

The beautiful Katherine was on great form, singing a wide range of wonderful songs.

She took time to answer questions and respond to requests from the audience in a warm and friendly manner.

The Proms finale had everyone on their feet, and the fireworks were magnificent.

A big thank you to all who made this event such a big success.

I can’t wait for Katherine’s next visit.

IAN CAMERON

Helens Close

Blackpool

IT has been a few years since I visited the town, but on a recent visit we were very pleasantly surprised to see the improvements going on.

While I doubt the resort will ever eturn to the halcyon days of the 20th century, I am certain these refurbishments will help the town in attracting new visitors at all times of the year.

Congratulations, too, to the promoters of the theme shows, in particular the North Pier line-up.

I look forward to my next visit, and hope to catch some more of the shows.

MRS A BARKER

Doncaster