AS EXPECTED, increased postage costs are influencing how many Christmas cards people will buy and send this month.
A lot of families who have internet access will be considering sending out e-cards, which some might think is a tad too impersonal. Others might decide to stop sending Christmas cheer at all, in which case they cannot really grumble if they don’t receive any themselves.
But there is no “Bah humbug” as far as my friend’s 85-year-old mother is concerned. She loves Christmas, but like many older people, is on a tight budget.
She does not want to leave out any of her family and friends, so this year has been busy making her own cards and now intends to travel out on her disability scooter (weather permitting, of course) to hand deliver as many as she can.
I suppose it is a lot closer to the spirit of Christmas than the commercialised festival that it has become.
MAY we extend our thanks to all those who contributed to making Layton’s Christmas switch-on a terrific success?
Layton traders, town crier, the police, council staff and many others deserve our praise.
The star of the show, Jimmy Armfield, was equally popular with all age groups – a terrific ambassador for Blackpool.
I THOUGHT readers might like to know that world famous circus star Liswoy Bratuchin, son of the Bratuchin Cossack riding family, has died in Greece, aged 72.
The family was renowned for their fast, exciting and dangerous act. They were quite unique.
I best remember them at Blackpool Tower Circus, returning over three decades, appearing for the season in 1958, 1968 and 1977.
Their act was a most memorable one in days competing with world class acts here in Blackpool.
The highlight of their performance was when one family member would pass under the neck of the horse while Liswoy passed underneath the stomach. A real class act we will never forget.
WHILE a “code of conduct for revellers” is welcome as a preventative measure, section 91 of the Criminal Justice Act 1967 provides for a fine of up to £1,000 for being drunk and incapable in a public place.
If police and magistrates got their act together I can’t help feeling a few of those, and some accompanying publicity, might solve the problem.
Certainly £80 fixed penalty tickets have not proved a deterrent.
If you can afford to get drunk, they are a fleabite but a few hundred pounds would concentrate minds.