Letters - May 23, 2011

Pictures Martin Bostock.'Maintaining the Wurlitzer at Blackpool Tower.
Pictures Martin Bostock.'Maintaining the Wurlitzer at Blackpool Tower.
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IN response to your request for memories of Blackpool Tower (Gazette May 17), I first visited Blackpool aged eight.

Mum and dad took me into the Tower, the likes of which I had never seen before.

My parents took me to the top and then into a huge building, a grand venue of what appeared to be gold and lots of flashy lights. It was the world famous Tower Ballroom.

Following a glass of pop, I could hear a strange groan, very loud, and then suddenly like the sun rising, this huge thing mysteriously appeared from nowhere.

It was the mighty wurlitzer.

Our holiday came to an end and we made our way back home to Loughborough.

I started to have organ tuition. At the age of 15, I became a blue-coat on the Isle of Wight performing organist’s duties.

I now live in Blackpool as an organist at top cabaret hotel Tiffany’s.

To play the organ in Blackpool was a dream of mine, and dreams can come true if you work at them.


Organist entertainer

RICHARD Hook is spot on with the road closures that scuppered the Blackpool Conservatives.

As for the tramway upgrade, I am surprised there has not been a revolution in Fleetwood and Cleveleys after many months of disruption, caused by what seems to me to be lack of both strategic planning and no thought for residents or traders.

Time after time roads are closed for many hours to clear accidents and do repairs, that years ago were dealt with far more quickly.

I quote an example of the closure of Shard Bridge to clear a motorcycle accident some time ago. The police closed the road for many hours giving motorists the cheery advice that you could get to Knott End via the A6 (a round trip of nearly 30 miles).

And as for the bridge work that was completed on Amounderness Way recently and the closure of Hillylaid Road at the same time. What a masterstoke!

It seems to me the last person to be considered when road works are contemplated is the driver who pays for the privilege of using them.



THE world and national media is awash with a seemingly unending stream of stories about natural disasters and conflicts. Serious as these are, this coverage masks one of the greatest global tragedies that is now unfolding.

I write to you as a local person who speaks to and hears from local people, in the hope that people in every community will hear this story and realise that every single one of them has the power to help avert this tragedy.

When I was born 80 years ago, there were 100,000 tigers roaming free in India alone. Now there are less than 3,500 left on the entire planet. To me this is an emotional cause.

It makes me cry with anger to think that man can turn a blind eye to this mass extermination of such a majestic and iconic species – a species that supports the broad and magnificent biodiversity of our planet, that is a symbol of all that is good about the world, we are so fortunate to share.

I am calling on every member of every local community in Britain to join me in my new worldwide movement to save the tiger in the wild by signing up at www.tigertime.info. It will be one of the most important things that your readers do today and its effect will last well after tomorrow.

Please help to support TigerTime, together we can make a difference, but only if we act now.


Wildlife artist and conservationist