Letters - July 6

Blackpool Civic Trust awards. Pictured is Elaine Smith who presented the awards

Blackpool Civic Trust awards. Pictured is Elaine Smith who presented the awards

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I DON’T know who had the Civic Day idea at our umbrella group Civic Voice, but it was a brilliant one.

Because we helped at the Blackpool Armed Forces Day on June 25, we had to have our day a week later than the rest of the country, so we had the bright idea of having a Civic Week.

We have had our Civic Trust blessed by the Bishop of Blackburn at a blue plaque unveiling at St Stephen on the Cliffs, almost been thrown out of the foyer of the town hall for too much noisy laughter after our heritage treasure hunt, and laughed uproariously at our heritage pub quiz.

In fact, my one outstanding memory of the week has been laughter.

Never in our wildest dreams did we think so many people would support us. We have had our MP, mayor, leader of the council, numerous councillors there, besides the public.

Anyone who hadn’t heard of Blackpool Civic Trust before this week, certainly has now. Also, I hope we have proved heritage can be fun, and having civic pride is very important to everyone.

Thanks to The Gazette for publicising it, the committee and members for their hard work, the stallholders and entertainers who supported us, Carl Carrington for his tours and to the public who joined in.

ELAINE SMITH

Chairman

Blackpool Civic Trust

I AGREE with Iain Duncan Smith’s speech on UK jobs for UK citizens.

I started work at a Blackpool factory, but was laid off when the orders dried up. It was last in, first out. Fair enough, but it is sad most of the workforce was East European.

While on the subject of jobs, what is stopping our council giving new employers free rates and taxes to start up businesses?

Are we to be a tourist-only town forever? Where are Blackpool people supposed to work, apart from part-time seasonal jobs?

It’s time our council looked after its residents.

P SMITH

Lincoln Road

Blackpool

I WRITE on behalf of the Blackpool Variety Branch of Equity, which covers a large part of Lancashire.

We wish to bring to readers’ attention the vast differences in grants per head of population paid by The Arts Council of Great Britain.

The amount given to Lancashire is 60p per head, while Manchester receives £4.18, Merseyside £5.97 and Cumbria £4.76. As taxpayers, this is your money, and we feel Lancashire is losing out badly, and we would urge readers to write to their MP, asking them to try to get a fairer deal for Lancashire.

ALAN HEBDEN

Blackpool Variety Branch of Equity