VELVET COASTER OPENING
Could it be that things are beginning to turn around in Blackpool?
The huge new pub on the front at South Shore from JD Wetherspoons, The Velvet Coaster, not only serves nice food and drinks, but also it cost more than £3m, which just goes to show that some people have confidence in our tourist industy.
Someone told me in there the other day that it could be the biggest pub in the country.
There is one in Manchester apparently called the Moon Under Water, which used to be the biggest, but this one is bigger.
Blackpool is the biggest and best.
Some people might think that a big boozer like this is going to encourage the bad behaviour that a lot of people want to associate with Blackpool, but it is such a posh pub, beautifully decorated and with lots of interesting bits of history in posters on the walls, that it is much better suited for the families we all want to attract.
Well done to Wetherpoons, I will raise a glass (of orange juice) to you next time I am in for lunch.
STARS HELPING SANCTUARY
Further to the recent article by Simon Drury on the dire situation besetting the Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary (Gazette, May 13) , I’m sure there will be many sending (as I have done) as much as they can afford to help Mandy, who runs the sanctuary, in her hour of need.
But we are only small fry and her need is for someone with a bigger purse.
For example those named in the article, ie The Nolans and Roy Chubby Brown.
Might I also suggest a certain football chairman/owner could dig deep and in so doing, help to cancel out the adverse public condemnation recently received.
I’m sure the uncritical four-legged souls at Easterleigh would be more than appreciative!
WHY LABOUR LOST
Labour lost the General Election because Labour is lost.
Lost for a cause, lost for direction, lost for the coal mines, lost for the steelworks, the shipyards and heavy industry.
All the things north and south of the border that bound working class people together.
Churned out on a Tory Gestetner machine, little separated Labour from the pack and when push came to shove, and a threat loomed large on the horizon, Labour could do little to stop a surge towards the Conservatives.
Labour lost because Labour is lost. Lost for a lodging in the hearts of the people. A lodging once based on the unshakable foundation of ‘Labour born and bred’ – but, alas, is no more.
Labour was once the natural home of hard-working people, and by that I mean people who got up at 5am and grafted their socks off until 5pm making such things as steel, locomotives and switchgear, and came home not by car but by bus.
A far cry from the Britain of today wherein there are more museums and mill tours than factories.
Ed Miliband isn’t to blame, but he might have noted that, in the traditional ranks of white-collar, blue-collar and blue-overalls are conspicuous by their absence.
Joseph G. Dawson
On behalf of everyone at Blackpool Lifeboat Station, we would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who donated to our May Day street collection and helped raise £960.50.
It is greatly appreciated.
ANIMAL AWARENESS EVENT
I was immensely proud to assist with Sainsbury’s Animal Awareness Weekend in-store earlier this month, where customers donated a variety of pet foods, blankets, bedding, and cash for local animal sanctuaries EasterLeigh and Cat Rescue Fylde.
Customers in-store generously filled supermarket trolley after trolley with their donations as volunteers were on hand to chat about their valuable work and showcase their charities.
Huge thanks to Stephand Jane and all the team at Sainsbury’s for their kind hospitality and support.
My role is ever more rewarding when I assist events such as this where the good people of our community show just how warm and generous they are. Thank you all who donated. Be Proud.
Police Community Volunteer
Now that Labour has retained control of Blackpool Council, does this mean that we will be building more shop units that we cannot let (see Talbot Gateway), and more car parks that nobody uses, ( see former Devonshire Road hospital site, average daily use eight cars)?