Letters - May 29, 2014

Pavilion Theatre at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Pavilion Theatre at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool

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Blackpool museum

Spot on

As an accredited heritage tourist guide for the Winter Gardens, I am thrilled the Pavilion Theatre is to be saved and utilised as a 
museum (Gazette, May 27).

What fantastic scope there is to showcase the town’s rich seaside history.

When visitors enter the Pavilion on our guided tours they feel as we do that all that wonderful plasterwork and architecture is worth saving and the way forward is a museum.

The Winter Gardens is proving to be a well sought-after heritage attraction, with overseas tourists and local schools lining up for a peep behind the scenes.

It is proved that visitors like the different spin on tourism as in a family day out in cultural settings: 
The Tower tours, Grand Theatre, Winter Gardens, Pleasure Beach, Ghost tours and town centre heritage trails, Stanley Park, another gem, opening the historic Tower up for visitors with refreshment in the art deco cafe…

This museum is spot on.

The volunteers that man these events have also been busily archiving memorabilia in Central Library with Tony Sharkey and sound archives have taken prominent people’s memories of life in Blackpool.

These memories can now live on both in photographic form and in visual and sound archive.

It will be based in the Grade II* listed Winter Gardens, saving the Pavilion Theatre from dereliction and finding a use for other underutilised spaces.

As Coun Simon Blackburn says: ‘We want to do something completely unique,’ and with all the archived material and private collections across the Fylde, alongside music and performance, it will be what Blackpool has needed for so long.

An exciting step into reliving the past and delivering it into the future. The Blackpool story will live on!

Shirley Matthews

Accredited heritage guide for the Winter Gardens

Abbeystead disaster

Relevant

Like many people around the Fylde, I remember the Abbeystead disaster and still shudder with disbelief as I pass near the village on my way back home on the A6 to Blackpool.

It is scary to think the loss of life was caused by the leakage of methane gas 
underground filling the empty pipeline, sparking such a massive explosion.

When the sudden pressure of water triggered the explosion as the pumps were switched on, it led to an appalling loss of life, which demonstrates to us now how volatile and 
unpredictable methane gas can be when released 
underground

It made me think of the risks that we are facing when fracking pipelines are allowed to be drilled underneath our homes, as the government forge ahead with their plans to allow fracking companies free access underground, by changing the law on 
trespass on private land.

It follows that pipelines underneath our homes can fill with methane gas and pressurised water could be explosive as it is forced into the well head.

At Abbyestead, no one could predict then the danger from methane gas underground. It is therefore a risk that we are being forced to take; the blow 
being softened by monetary compensation.

Sadly, no amount of money could be compensation from losing a loved one, and governments, both local and national, should heed the real risks that methane migration can cause; after all on the Fylde we had a hard lesson to learn.

Over in Westminster, though, they are further removed from our loss, and so again are failing to learn the lessons of history.

Marjorie Nye

Knowle Avenue

Blackpool

Knocking too much down

Hippodrome

I was born in Blackpool 72 years ago and it used to be beautiful.

But, I just don’t understand why people want to ruin Blackpool, pulling places down, the latest place being the old Blackpool ABC Hippodrome.

I worked there for many years, films in winter, shows in summer. The manager was Mr Harold Jarvis. He was 
wonderful.

We were all so happy and now it is being pulled down, thanks to the council.

When are they going to dismantle The Tower and sell it for scrap?

Mrs J. Sharratt

Grasmere Road

Blackpool

Helping runaways

Sleep out

I was shocked to hear one-in-four children in the UK have thought about running away, with almost half admitting to spending a night away from home without telling their parents.

Action for Children delivers a range of youth homelessness services – from emergency accommodation to keeping children off the streets, to 
mediation.

The support provided by this fantastic charity helps to keep children safe and families 
together.

I would like to encourage readers to support Action for Children by sleeping rough on October 3 for Byte Night North West. To find out about taking part, email bytenight@actionforchildren.org.uk or visit bytenight.org.uk

Sir Trevor McDonald OBE