Letters - August 22

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ON behalf of everyone at Trinity Hospice and Palliative Care Services, I would like to say a huge thanks to all the riders who took part in the 20th annual Beaverbrooks Bike Ride on June 12.

We had our best turnout to date, with 742 riders braving the very wet weather!

So far we have raised more than £17,000, and we urge anyone with sponsorship money still floating around to hand it in as soon as possible.

Once again thank you to the riders and all the marshals who volunteered their time on the day – we couldn’t do it without you.

JULIE SWIFT

events co-ordinator

Trinity Hospice

I TAKE exception to the comments of Keith Hallam (Letters August 11) with his criticism of the police for the recent riots and unsociable behaviour around the country.

In any shooting incident involving the police there is always a referral to an independent inquiry, and so it should not be construed as “closing ranks” as alleged.

The rioting, violence and despicable looting of businesses and private homes was by opportunist thugs and to use the tragic shooting of Mark Duggan as an excuse is blatantly wrong.

The British police force, in my opinion, do a fantastic job in increasingly difficult times and circumstances.

They deserve the support of all law-abiding and socially-aware citizens to help try and retain a way of life that was once the envy of the world, but is now in very real danger of slipping away from us.

Their help and expertise in all manner of life’s situations is to be greatly appreciated, and not taken for granted or abused as is unfortunately so frequently the norm nowadays.

JIMMY GILLIARD

Layton

Blackpool

BETWEEN 40 and 50 years ago, the education system in our country was modernised, with what appeared to be change for the sake of change, as opposed to change for the better.

We are now seeing the results of this monumental folly, with anarchy on the streets.

Everyone is quick to place the blame on the teenagers of today, which is partly true, as these children in the main are poorly-educated and undisciplined, and therefore unemployable. In my opinion, the root cause lies much deeper, as the parents of these children are wholly responsible for their upbringing, and therefore their actions.

Parents were the victims of the changes in the education system previously mentioned.

Now, on average, 30 per cent of children leaving primary school are unable to cope in secondary school.

JACK GLEDHILL

Gainsborough Road

Blackpool