Letters - March 26, 2013

Colin Bent as the sheriff in a 1975 production of The Old Woman who'lived in a Shoe performed by the Blackpool Theatre and Pantomime Group.
Colin Bent as the sheriff in a 1975 production of The Old Woman who'lived in a Shoe performed by the Blackpool Theatre and Pantomime Group.

THIS wintry weather is no stranger here at Easter time.

I am reminded of Easter 1975, when I was privileged to ‘star’ as the sheriff in an amateur production of The Old Lady Who Lived In A Shoe at the South Pier theatre, during a spell of heavy snow fall and high winds.

There was at least two inches of snow laying on the pier.

Well into the Saturday matinee, and waiting for one of my many entry cues standing in the wings, I felt a tap on my shoulder and turned to see a police officer, who calmly informed me of a bomb warning.

The auditorium was emptied, with the audience and most of the cast having to walk out and clear the pier.

This included several coach loads of children from a home.

After clearance from the police and pier manager the performance was allowed to proceed. Alas the coached children were not allowed to struggle back down the pier and I had to, once again, engage my ‘nastiness’ to encourage the remaining audience to ‘hate’ and ‘boo’ the sheriff.

COLIN BENT

Poplar Avenue

Warton

WE have had a post office for over 30 years and weathered many changes, but the changes being made by Royal Mail to their pricing criteria on April 2 is probably above all else the biggest threat to us there has been. Due to alterations to parcel sizing and prices, the cost for many of our regular internet sellers is going to double, making it prohibitive for them to sell this way.

It seems business customers are being encouraged to have mailings collected direct by Royal Mail, therefore moving that business away from post offices.

Suffice to say it will decimate our postage business, threaten jobs and ultimately close many post offices.

A huge amount of internet selling business will migrate to other couriers – but our contract prohibits us from becoming agents for these companies.

In recent years we have lost TV licensing work, water bills and more recently the cashing of Green Giro cheques.

The Government make noises about keeping the post office network going and yet in the actions they allow they are giving out a very different message.

Post offices are hubs of communities. This role could be formalised to fill the gap left by the closing of many Citizens Advice Bureaus, giving us the tools to act as a one stop shop for information and signposting to other organisations. In these times of cut backs we could fill a very valuable role, but not if we are struggling to survive.

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IN all the talk about the £100m cost of booze crime in Blackpool, opening hours and the price of alcohol, the perpetrators of the crimes are totally ignored (Gazette March 22)When are we going to see a queue of them before the courts on the morning after their offences receiving the four figure fines provided for in the law? Until we do it is the emergency services and the taxpayers who will pick up the cost while the cause of the problem walks away scot free.

RICHARD HOOK

Devonshire Road

Blackpool