Letters - December 11, 2013

OLD CHARACTER One of the interesting corners in Blackpool's Winter Gardens
OLD CHARACTER One of the interesting corners in Blackpool's Winter Gardens
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Winter GArdens Wow

Venue sparkled

The Gazette was right when it told us on a double page spread that the Winter Gardens was open for a “Wow” Wednesday.

My husband and I had the most wonderfully interesting time just prowling around the building, going wherever we wanted.

We looked at an amazing array of old photographs throughout the ages from the building of it, through the changes and to the present day.

Then we took in the dressing rooms on four floors looking in every nook and cranny upstairs and downstairs including the room where our visiting royals would have spent their time, the Baronial Hall and the Spanish Hall.

We even had a dance in the Empress Ballroom, our Saturday night dance 
venue! Absolute bliss.

Much nicer than a formal tour as we took our time, chatted to everyone about our memories and theirs, reminisced about the stars we had seen on the stage as the Wurlitzer played.

Alma Cogan, Tommy Steele, Dave King, Tommy Cooper and so many more.

The stage door area and the old spotlights were
 interesting too.

What a truly fantastic two hours spent there .

Well done to the staff who were so helpful and please do it again next year.

Alec and Adrienne Baxter

Westgate 
Road

St Annes

Pub on “The Edge” of town

Puzzled in Poulton

My family and I had The Edge on Hardhorn Road, Poulton, for six years and doors had to be closed by 10pm.

Wyre Council also made me take the decking up at the rear of the premises, so how come all of a sudden Weatherspoons buy the venue and are allowed to do whatever?

We always listened to our neighbours and complied with all their requests.

Empty buildings are not good for the town and I wish them all the best but other pubs in Poulton are struggling to make ends meet.

I am afraid I disagree with Lesley Middleton when she says the opening shows Poulton is bucking the economic trend.

Also, the pub bosses who say they expect to create 60 jobs. Are are you having a laugh? All it will do is take jobs from another pub and when the breweries close them down where will we be then?

I would like to know how come there is one rule for a major company and another for the small man trying to run a local business?

It beats me. Perhaps someone could help us understand .

Kelly Calvert

Poulton

Santa’s true colours

Under that beard

Craig Fleming’s amusing anecdote of his encounter with the “real” Father Christmas as a child (Saturday Slant, December 7) reminds me of the time some years ago when I volunteered to be the Santa for our Rotary Club’s annual Christmas party for disadvantaged children in Blackpool.

There were two problems to contend with. First I am of Asian origin and second of a small build.

I managed to stuff as many pillows as possible to make me look portly and made sure the beard and the hat concealed the colour of my skin. Everything was going well until I had to turn around to speak to someone and this movement unfortunately shifted the beard.

An astute young boy sitting on my lap at the moment noticed the colour of my skin and remarked: “Oh, Father Christmas, you are brown!”

With great presence of mind I replied: “I have been distributing gifts to children in Africa where it is very sunny and hot and that is why I have a gone dark!”

The young man appeared to be entirely happy with my 
explanation.

Dr Kadaba “Vas” Vasudev

Blackpool Palatine

Rotary Club

Murder is murder

Right message given

Sergeant Alexander Blackman has been sentenced to a minimum life sentence of 10 years and dismissed from the service in disgrace.

Any other verdict would have sent out the wrong message. As the Head of the Armed Forces has said: “Murder is murder.”

Those misguided people who sympathise with Sgt Blackman conveniently forget he killed a wounded insurgent in cold blood, not in a firefight.

This crime would never have been known if the video evidence had not been available, there would have been a cover up. He was not a rookie marine, but a seasoned experienced soldier.

The video clearly showed he was not under stress, but in full control of the situation. Wars are an abomination, demonstrating the very worse side of humankind.

Regrettably, at times, they are necessary.

It is training, good leadership and a willingness to abide by international law and the Armed Forces Act that prevents justifiable killing from sliding into savagery on the battlefield.

A failure to follow these rules, means we exit the high moral ground and become no better than our enemies. It is to be hoped that this case sends out a very strong message to all our armed services.

Col (retired) Barry Clayton

Fieldfare Close

Cleveleys