Letters - March 9

A lesson in manners

Everyone is aware of the lack of good

manners in today's society.

Good manners mean consideration for other people, being courteous, helpful and


How do we change this situation around?

If parents won't teach their children good manners, a good start would be for them to be taught in primary school.

"But the curriculum is already over-loaded," I can hear the teachers cry.

Well, as far as I am concerned, in this case we must get our priorities right.

A well mannered class sits and listens while subjects are taught, thus enabling the teacher to get on and teach their subject without interruption or chaos.

There are many problems in the classroom these days where some (but not all) pupils are incapable of the self-discipline required to sit and learn.

This fundamental problem must be tackled head on and this is where good manners, taught in primary school, are the answer.

The turnaround wouldn't happen overnight, but, if we are to take the mayhem out of our schools, this must be the place to start.

Good manners are the rock-like foundation on which all our relationships are based and children learning these valuable skills will lead much happier and more fulfilled lives as adults.

Mrs J Geddes

Whitemoss Avenue


Sanctuary is the best place

I absolutely agree with Craig

Redmond of the Captive Animal Protection Society (The Gazette,

February 23).

Blackpool Zoo's elephants, along with all other zoo elephants living in Britain, should be re-homed in suitable sanctuaries, where they will have the space and company vital to their physical and mental wellbeing.

I was surprised to read how Coun Williams now thinks along these lines as, when he worked at

Blackpool Zoo, in the days when it was council-owned, he was very much in favour of the elephants being kept there.

In fact, he was always very quick to defend the zoo on any issue.

I, personally, think zoos are

nothing more than heartbreak

hotels for the furred and feathered, where animals spend a boring, empty life as prisoners behind bars – having committed no crime at all.

Before anybody mentions

endangered species, may I add that most animals in the zoo are not


It is all about keeping the animals captive purely for financial gain.

So let's find a better home for our zoo elephants.

Pat Price

Lytham Road, Blackpool

Closure very sad

LIKE many people we are saddened to lose the Booths store where we have shopped for many years.

Our charity, cat rescue will, also miss the generosity of the customers who have

donated food in the store.

The food was always top quality and, recently, in the cold weather, when we

struggled to get the food warm, a small note on the bin led to lots of packet food.

So thank you to all who

donated over the years.

Cat Rescue

St Annes

Great to see building safe

It is indeed good news that Yates's rotunda can be saved and it is to be hoped that the same

applies to its Talbot Road facade.

Although the Clifton Street side of the building has gone, it may ease the sense of loss when it is realised that it had already been completely rebuilt in 1914 to allow the enlargement of the Tivoli Cinema – hence the bland brickwork on that side.

This fact may justify some

flexibility and imagination in the design of its replacement.

Ted Lightbown

Layton Road, Blackpool

Let us know about pool plan

I am sure all local swimmers will welcome the good news about Kirkham baths.

However, that is a small and older pool and those who used the modern full size St Annes pool regularly for many years are still waiting.

We would be glad to know when, or indeed if our pool will ever be reopened.

There have been too many

rumours about what plans there may be for the site.

Although we are silent, I am sure the people who used this lovely pool have not forgotten it, and the circumstances of its


Let us have an honest answer in print about the future for this valuable facility.

Marion Amos

Audley Close


Thanks for charity disco

I am writing to thank everyone who attended the charity

children's disco at Highfield Methodist Church on Saturday February 28, which raised 345 to support of the Muir Maxwell Trust.

The trust is an epilepsy charity which provides much needed practical support to children and their families .

A very special thank you goes to Jack's Belles, DJ Travis and everyone else who gave up their afternoon to ensure the event was a success. For information about the charity contact

Catherine Bell on 07515 877909.

Catherine Bell

Second Avenue


Credit crunch part of cycle

The Bank of England has now decided rate cuts will not help solve the economic crisis and

started quantitive easing.

All their efforts are for nothing.

This crisis is part of an economic cycle and all we can do is let

matters take their course.

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