Letters - May 15, 2013

The Bomber Command Memorial
The Bomber Command Memorial
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Route is key

Blackpool Council deserve congratulations, if somewhat belated, for eventually acknowledging that action is required on the Promenade.

Now the priority must be to ensure that whatever option is elected, it is the right one, and the final one.

Two questions immediately arise.

Firstly option one, with no change, is shown as zero cost.

That is preposterous. We have abundant evidence that the block paving is not up to the job.

Why else would delivery vans have been stopped from turning on to it?

How much have repairs cost in recent months and why would they no longer be needed?

Secondly, the cost of option four has to be questioned.

We could build a mile of motorway for £2.7m.

With the construction industry desperately short of work, it is hard to believe that a competitive tendering process cannot produce a better result.

Unfortunately I cannot see that anything short of option four, alleviating the present lack of
 volume for traffic, is a sustainable solution.

After all, besides being the Promenade, this is the A584 and a major north/south route in a town that can never have a westerly bypass.

Richard Hook

Devonshire Road



Remember heroes

This week, we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the celebrated Dambusters raid, one of the most daring operations carried out by the RAF during the Second World War.

On the evening of May 16 1943, after just two months of preparation, 133 hand-picked airmen in 19 specially adapted Lancaster bombers set out on a bombing raid with the aim of breaching three dams in the Ruhr Valley and thereby slowing down the production of arms by Nazi Germany.

Of the 19 crews which had set out on the raid, eight did not return.

In total, 53 men were killed and three ended up as prisoners of war.

The Dambusters raid was just one of many thousands carried out by RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War.

Of the 125,000 men who served in Bomber Command, a total of 55,573 lost their lives, which gives you some sense of the tremendous bravery it must have taken to go out on bombing raids night after night knowing how low your chances of survival were.

As guardians of the Bomber Command Memorial in London, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is committed to ensuring that the remarkable bravery and sacrifice of these young aircrew, who gave their lives defending our freedom during the Second World War, will always be remembered.

To this end, we have pledged to raise £1.5m to preserve the Memorial for future generations.

This month we are also publishing a series of 53 blogs to mark the anniversary, each one dedicated to one of the 53 men who lost their lives in the raid.

The blogs feature a variety of exclusive material including video interviews with the last surviving veterans, archive footage and images from the raid. To follow our blog please visit: www.rafbf.org/

As the RAF’s leading welfare charity, the RAF Benevolent Fund has been at the heart of the RAF since 1919, supporting serving personnel, past and present, and their families too.

Last year we spent £21.7 m delivering support to more than 68,000 members of the RAF family and we intend to be there for serving members and veterans for many years to come.

In this important year the RAF Benevolent Fund needs your support.

Air Marshal Christopher Nickols

Controller of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund


Support campaign

I must write in response to the interview with Penny Clough by Jacqui Morley (Gazette, May 8).

The article about Jane Clough, who was tragically murdered, also shows how strong her parents Penny and John have been.

Good luck to them in their campaign.

Their daughter Jane treated me one night late on a Sunday in the accident and emergency department at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

My wife and I will always remember her kindness and her lovely smile.

My wife and I would like to wish Penny and John lots of happiness with Jane’s 

Mr R.A. Armstrong

Cherry Tree Road


Bank workers

They are polite

I visit the Cleveleys branch of Lloyds TSB more or less on a daily basis, and very often at busy times.

Queues often form and some people are challenging and impatient.

So I would like to thank the hard workers at the bank including the cashiers and the management.

They are all very polite and friendly.

This is a friendly, efficient, community bank.

Mr C. Barratt

Ribble Road