Letters - March 7, 2011

Princess Diana - princess of wales shares a joke with Chairman Kath Hayward and manager Marilyn Symonds at Relate Blackpool as she accepts a bag of gifts - including some Fleetwood Fish. 29/07/92

Princess Diana - princess of wales shares a joke with Chairman Kath Hayward and manager Marilyn Symonds at Relate Blackpool as she accepts a bag of gifts - including some Fleetwood Fish. 29/07/92

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I HAD the honour and the pleasure to have known Kath Hayward (Tributes to a “real lady”, (The Gazette, March 1) back in the 1990s, when we were setting up the Blackpool domestic violence refuge service, and I was very sorry to hear about her passing away.

Kath was a founder member of and driving force behind the development of the Blackpool refuge.

The refuge named in her honour has supported hundreds of women and children over the years that would still living with the violence, or gone without food and clothes if she had not supported.

Kath was a true supporter and champion of the women of Blackpool affected by domestic abuse, and, on behalf of Fylde Coast Women’s Aid and all the victims’ of domestic violence, I would like to offer our deepest condolences to her family and pay tribute to a “real lady” and community leader.

Kath, your community spirit and determination will be greatly missed.

Marilyn Haye

Chief executive officer

Fylde Coast Women’s Aid

AS the new lamp posts start to adorn the streets of Blackpool, one can’t help but note that with every new post comes a bit of Tarmac.

Pavements that are made of concrete slabs are being smashed up to accommodate these new lamp posts, then afterwards being filled in with black asphalt.

Is it not bad enough that the pavements in Blackpool are older than the Tower and have began to crumble to bits without the bonus of big black patches.

The big question is: Are these pavements going to be replaced with asphalt or left looking like a big ugly eyesore on the pavement?

And when, if ever, is the new food store that’s to be built on the grounds of the old indoor bowling site going to start?

It seems like the entire regeneration project is just like a big jigsaw, a bit done here, a bit done there but never the twain shall meet and still the awful bus station stands as a blot on the landscape.

Mr S Easton

North Shore

WHAT a great show put on by Showzam! Variety by the Sea presented by Slightly Fat Features, won over the Central Pier, as an all-round old-fashioned family show, with modern twists.

It was lovely to see families interacting with the greasepaint and slapstick juggling and fun that brought faces alive with laughter.

I know that money is tight but away from the laptops, Wii, and other time consuming electronic entertainment, children were enjoying live entertainment at its best.

The actors were as enthusiastic as the audience and everyone left with a great feeling of communication.

Well done to Professor Toumlin and Elaine Smith, chair of Blackpool Civic Society, for their combined idea of bringing the old ways into the new.

We all left with a big grin and then we also were treated to the added fun of the free street activities in and around the Grand Theatre and the splendidly refurbished Winter gardens.

Let’s hear something positive about Blackpool for a change!!

Shirley Matthews

Blackpool