Letters - July 31, 2014

Arthur Leslie (who played Jack Walker in ITV's Coronation Street) visited Poulton College of Education.Pictured with Arthur are Judith Waugh, Tony Gray, Philip McGoldrick and Michael Antrobus
Arthur Leslie (who played Jack Walker in ITV's Coronation Street) visited Poulton College of Education.Pictured with Arthur are Judith Waugh, Tony Gray, Philip McGoldrick and Michael Antrobus
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Archive prompted college memories

Arthur entertained us


How wonderful to see the picture again in the Lost Archives (Gazette Friday July 25)of Poulton College in 1967.

Yes, I and my committee at the French Society planned a cabaret in aid of society funds and invited local celebrity Arthur Leslie (the wonderful Jack Walker, licensee of Coronation Street’s Rovers Return pub)to entertain.

Arthur did not ask for any fee as he never did for charity events, the only proviso being his ‘real’ wife could come along.

Also on the bill were David Hunter, Ken Field and Phil McGoldrick who played Beatles-style as The Greenmen.

The name was taken from the then Greenmount Private Hotel in Cleveleys – a boarding house owned by Wyn and Alf Greenough where many of the male college students then stayed, including myself.

Judith Waugh, a wonderful folk singer from Durham, was billed to sing a medley of songs, including the delightful Plasir D’Amour and Tony Gray was the comedian who delighted the audience with his impersonations of the college staff.

Maths lecturer Eric Plant was the compere and the evening was a resounding success.

The principal of the college was the redoubtable Scottish lady Miss Mary Hamilton-Wilson (known affectionately to all as Auntie Mary) and the vice-principal Ralph Eaton.

The college librarian Anne Bradley has published a wonderful book about the college, not only when it was an educational establishment from 1963-1983 but prior to this as the Weavers’ Home.

A copy can be found in Poulton Library and further copies may be obtained from Miss Bradley herself.

Michael J. Antrobus

Grizedale Avenue


Seizure after festival

Help given

After spending a nice afternoon at St Annes Kite Festival, I left my husband and daughter on the beach so I could just look in a couple of shops.

U nbeknown to me I had an epileptic seizure as, when I came round, I found a lady sat talking on her phone, she had called an ambulance. I can’t thank her enough. In all the years I have had epilepsy, I have never met anyone as thoughtful. The ambulance crew phoned my husband and we all got home safe. Once again thank you.

Mrs N Denny


Concert for heroes


In memory of our fallen heroes 100 years ago this week, Thornton Cleveleys Brass Band and Blackpool Male Voice Choir paid their tribute to a near full house at the Marine Hall, Fleetwood, last Saturday evening July 26.

What an evening!

In full throttle, we all sang memorable war songs and waved our Union Jacks.

Also, there were some very poignant readings beautifully articulated by Christopher Beverley.

Under the baton, of the exceptional musical director Steve Simpson, the band’s interpretation of their chosen music was sensitively performed by very talented players.

As with the Male Voice Choir under the directorship of Hayley Tarry (who I was informed had only taken them under her wing a few months prior to the concert).

Their harmonious rendition of the songs chosen, were a joy to listen to, as was also the accompaniment by Ian Whalley.

Even though this occasion was tinged with sadness, our spirits were uplifted by this wonderful evening.

We remembered our fallen heroes ‘they gave their tomorrow’s so we could have our todays’ .

It was also lovely to see in the audience the respect shown by the attendance of our mayoral parties from Blackpool, and Wyre Borough Councils.

Jacqui Veazey

St Leonard’s Road


Care was second to none

Broken legs

It was my misfortune recently to fall at home, resulting in both legs being broken.

I have nothing but praise and admiration for the hospital staff, from my admission to A&E to my discharge two weeks later.

The staff in A&E and Radiology were caring and professional, my treatment timely, even under pressure.

I was admitted to Ward 35 and again have nothing but admiration for the dedication, caring attitude and team work on a very busy orthopaedic ward.

I had to go to theatre for surgery and this again was carried out in a timely and efficient manner, the staff were wonderful and put me at ease immediately.

The following two weeks, I had nothing but the best NHS treatment ever, due to a wonderful team.

I would like to thank all the nursing staff on ward 35, the physios, OT’s, housekeeper, portering staff and, last but not least, Mr Elbo and Mr Charalambous and their teams for the wonderful treatment I received.

My patient experience was second to none.

Thank you Victoria Hospital.

Kathleen Hughes