Letters - December 8, 2011

Hundreds of pulic sector workers gathered in Blackpool town centre for a rally and march as part of the day of action on proposed pension changes.'The march heads down Church Street  PIC BY ROB LOCK'30-11-2011

Hundreds of pulic sector workers gathered in Blackpool town centre for a rally and march as part of the day of action on proposed pension changes.'The march heads down Church Street PIC BY ROB LOCK'30-11-2011

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We would like to thank the thousands of public sector workers who sent such a powerful message about the importance of decent pensions for everybody, to the Government on November 30.

I would also like to thank the people of Blackpool for their support.

As we marched through the town centre, many stopped their shopping to applaud us as we passed.

I think that most people now know that the Government had just decided to go ahead with largely non-negotiable changes, and did not pause to reflect until strike ballot results rolled in.

Pensions were won originally by people fighting for them, and sadly we now have to fight to defend them.

We all deserve a decent pension, and the real pension problem is in the private sector, not the public sector.

We now need the Government to negotiate properly about their changes. Surely, the last thing anyone wants is making pension contributions so expensive that people drop out of the pension schemes altogether. This is going to happen. We hope there will be no further strikes, but we are determined to defend our pensions. Which way things go next is down to the Government.

Ken Cridland

Chairman of Blackpool Against Cuts & Lancashire NUT Secretary

Before you throw away an envelope which has a postage stamp attached, think that, by simply saving that stamp, you could be helping a person who has kidney failure.

At the British Kidney Patient Association, we need your used postage stamps, foreign coins and notes, old British 5p/10p pieces, old British notes etc to raise much-needed funds.

So please, save your stamps and coins, or anything else listed, and send them to us without delay – thank you.

MARY JORDAN

British Kidney Patient Association

3 The Windmills

Turk Street

Alton

Hampshire

GU34 1EF

It is heartening to see publicity has been given to the trams, that need to be cared for and guarded jealously. Any one of the icons is worth far more than the so-called Super Trams.

What on earth have the transport gurus been thinking of?

Obviously, locals are rightly concerned about the image presented to tourists, let alone the insult to locals using them for shopping.

Walter Luft and colleagues left Blackpool in comfort, with plenty of seats for those travelling.

But 100 or more standing, what about health and safety? Women in particular are mainly overlooked. Two bags of shopping, one on each hand, and how do they balance on a journey?

These flexis need modifications – cattle trucks with windows are not acceptable.

Humans are made with three basic abilities – to lie down, sit up and walk. Unlike trees or bushes, we are not meant to stand on the spot rigidly.

Where do these officials spring up from? Facilities should be maintained, and where possible improved.

MR R S COOMES

Valentia Road

Bispham

Can anyone please tell me if a programme or team sheet was printed for Blackpool Youth v Manchester United Youth on November 9, 1957 and December 2, 1968?

I am writing a book about the history of the FA Youth Cup, and I would like to include a photograph of any programme or team sheet sold at this game.

TOM BARCROFT

Beresford Road

Stretford

Manchester