Letters - February 1, 2013

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THE main topic of the recent Dimbleby Lecture delivered by Bill Gates was his passionate campaign to eradicate polio once and for all from the face of this earth.

He reminded us that although it is a disease not seen in the developed world (the last case of polio reported in Britain was in 1982), it is still crippling children in other parts of the world.

It is a matter of great regret that even when we have the technical know how to prevent this from happening, children are still falling prey just because they have not been given the magical polio vaccine drops, just two of them.

The only way to eradicate the virus completely is through active immunisation of all children under the age of five

Today thanks to the tireless efforts of the partners in this fight, Rotary International, WHO, UNICEF, Centres for Disease Control, Bill and Melinda Foundation, governments, including UK, and others, fewer than 250 children were affected last year.

If you would like to make a donation to help eradicate polio, contact Rotary Foundation UK.

Please indicate your payment is for End Polio Now and send to RIBI, Kinwarton Road, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 6PB.

Online donations, using debit or credit cards can be made by visiting RIBI at www.ribi.org/what-we-do/RIBI-projects/polio-eradication.

DR K.S. VASUDEV

Chairman, Silverdale Road, St Annes.

I AGREE 100 per cent with Mr Jack Forshaw (Letters January 24) regarding the market hall in Poulton.

My husband and I visit Poulton around three times a week but with the reduced number of shops in the Teanlowe Centre, the eventual closing of the Co-op and now the demise of the market hall in July there will be little reason to come.

If the weather is bad it is so convenient to park up and shop mostly under cover. In addition we also visit one of the many great little cafes.

I note the car park is being leased to Booths so assume parking will be restricted to Booths customers only.

I don’t dislike Booths but if it’s going to be Booths only and nothing else I feel it will certainly drive customers elsewhere, myself included.

I understand changes have to be made from time to time but they have to be right and I feel these could be really bad for Poulton. I do hope a solution can be found.

MRS P. EVANS,

Cranbrook Avenue,

Bispham.

A READER complained that the area’s superstore service stations increased the price of petrol by a penny a litre as soon as the Christmas shopping rush was over.

Well, it has happened again with yet another penny slapped on fuel within the last few days.

How much are they going to be making us pay by Easter?

GREG CAMPBELL,

Blackpool.