Letters - June 1, 2012

Barrie Street (right) with Stanley Matthews

Barrie Street (right) with Stanley Matthews

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I HAVE been a staunch Blackpool fan for nigh on 70 years.

Even though I emigrated to Vancouver shortly after teaching at the former Claremont Boys’ School in 1965, I have remained an avid supporter.

I am delighted with our success during the past few years and, needless to say, so are the many Pool fans in Canada.

What has impressed me during the past few years, especially last season, is the flowing and attacking football.

I’m sure Ollie is the architect of this style.

Having seen all the managers since the 1950s, he impresses me the most.

If I may, I have some advice for Mr Oyston: spend some money on new players, increase the salaries for the entire team, and in particular give Ollie a substantial increase.

While we are on the subject of sport, I attended Arnold House with Jimmy Armfield, and played football and cricket for Nalgo and hockey for the Blackpool men’s team.

I would be delighted to hear from any friends and acquaintances at barriestreet@shaw.ca

BARRIE STREET

Vancouver

Canada

SO, in return for £2,000 a year, the Lancashire Wildlife Trust (LWT) is not objecting to the proposals from Halite Energy Group to store gas under the Wyre Estuary, which will cause destruction to the landscape and wildlife on a massive scale (Gazette May 29).

As an explanation, LWT is quoted as saying “in some way it is to offset the damage they (Halite) are perceived to be doing to the environment”.

Only perceived? Hasn’t the LWT assessed just how much damage will be caused, and the cost of this to the environment? It seems to me that LWT is more interested in getting money from big business to pay for schemes in Central Lancashire, rather than looking after the people and wildlife of Wyre.

I have been a member of LWT for many years – but no longer.

If enough people cancelled their membership, perhaps LWT would realise the strength of feeling amongst its members.

HOWARD PHILLIPS

Vice-chairman

Protect Wyre Group

AlL changes and transitions, such as moving house, or changing school, can cause confusion and uncertainty for young children.

It can be even more unsettling for children who have to move from one family to another, such as children who are fostered or adopted.

This is where the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) can help.

The charity has published a colourful new picture book A Safe Place for Rufus, by Jill Seeney, for children aged four to eight.

Rufus the cat’s tale explores the importance of feeling safe and banishing fears.

Together with the accompanying guide, this book can assist adoptive parents, foster carers, and any adults looking after a child, to help anxious children share their fears and cope with things that may troubling them.

This book – and many resources for children and carers – can be found at www.baaf.org.uk

DAVID HOLMES

British Association for Adoption & Fostering