Letters - January 4

File photo dated 17/05/11 of Queen Elizabeth II as she is greeted by a large group of well-wishers, as she leaves Trinity College in Dublin during the first day of her State Visit to Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday December 27, 2011. rrespondent'The Queen's historic visit to the Republic of Ireland was a 'game-changer' that heralded a new era in Anglo-Irish relations, David Cameron has said. See PA story POLITICS Queen. Photo credit should read: Maxwells/PA Wire

File photo dated 17/05/11 of Queen Elizabeth II as she is greeted by a large group of well-wishers, as she leaves Trinity College in Dublin during the first day of her State Visit to Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday December 27, 2011. rrespondent'The Queen's historic visit to the Republic of Ireland was a 'game-changer' that heralded a new era in Anglo-Irish relations, David Cameron has said. See PA story POLITICS Queen. Photo credit should read: Maxwells/PA Wire

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SOME local authorities up and down the land have allocated tens of thousands of pounds for lavish celebrations to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

The decision is particularly controversial at a time of cuts.

Spending on these unnecessary and unwanted projects when jobs are being lost is morally and economically indefensible. Is 60 years of a very privileged and remote head of state something for a modern democracy to celebrate anyway?

I am hoping this council in Blackpool will resist all the pressure from the Palace and elsewhere and turn them down.

ROYSTON JONES

Beryle Avenue

Anchorsholme

BLACKPOOL & Fylde Children’s Pantomime (BFCP) was reformed again in 2010, after a pause of 10 years, and performed its first show Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in February 2011.

BFCP has put on annual shows for around 80 years, using young talent and, once again, the 2011 show was a great success.

Two young actors have been nominated to receive prestigious NODA awards (National Operatic Dramatic Association).

Our daughter Sophie Melville, only aged nine at the time of the show, and Ryan Jones, 15, have both been invited to an awards ceremony on January 21, at the Blackpool De Vere Hotel.

Both have been nominated for best supporting actors in two different age groups.

Let’s hope they come home with NODA awards.

Congratulations should be given to both, and a special thanks to Jacqui Mein and Amy Rutherford for reforming BFCP and giving children an opportunity to show off their talents.

The middle of 2012 will see the beginning of auditions and rehearsals for their new show to be performed in either late 2012 or early 2013, and all locals, including businesses, should get behind them with support, as money raised goes to support local charities.

So come on Blackpool, when tickets go on sale, get behind them by buying as many as you can and help to support local children.

ANDY AND ANNMARIE MELVILLE

Darley Avenue

Blackpool

THIS is the sixth year that Thornton Action Group (TAG) has organised the Festive Lights in Thornton.

I would like to thank everyone – Wyre Council, businesses and residents – who donated generously so we could light up the trees at the shopping centre, outside the Little Theatre and at the medical centre, and bring cheer to residents at the darkest time of the year.

The recent proposals for community engagement, put forward by Wyre Council, present opportunities and challenges for community groups such as TAG in 2012.

The way we can work together to achieve the objectives of the government’s Localism Bill is to be discussed at our next meeting on January 11, at 7.15 pm at Thornton Methodist Church.

Residents are urged to attend and help to establish a framework for future working.

HOWARD PHILLIPS

Chairman

Thornton Action Group