Letters - May 9, 2013

West End show Mamma Mia is coming to Blackpool in 2014.
West End show Mamma Mia is coming to Blackpool in 2014.
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Mamma Mia

Dream shows

The news we are to be graced by a season’s run of Mamma Mia at The Opera House in 2014 will hopefully be the first of many such announcements.

I have been hoping to see announcements of one of a number of top shows currently touring including Cats, which has visited the town before, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Wicked.

But alas no sign of any of them yet. My dream shows which I would like to see are A Chorus Line, The Bodyguard or Top Hat.

But alas no sign of them yet.

Perhaps Blackpool theatre fan and producer Bill Kenwright will get round to one or other eventually (on top of the four shows he is bringing to Blackpool later this year).

Neil Kendall

Stamford Avenue


Warriors at Grand

Tangerine treat

No need to wait until June 2014 to see a spectacular show when Mamma Mia comes to town.

At the Grand Theatre on Sunday, May 26 at 7.30pm, Blackpool is blessed to be entertained by the Shaolin Warriors in saffron robes - matching theSeasiders’ footballingtangerine gear.

So go along and watch a team of monks and learn how to train the mind.

Stella Peet


charity anniversary

Come and join us

The MS Society is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year, and as the Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Branch enters its 50th year, we are appealing for some additional support from the local community.

The branch works hard to raise funds which help local people affected by Multiple Sclerosis, providing advice, support and information, as well as financial assistance in the form of grants for respite holidays, home and car adaptations, or for mobility aids such as wheelchairs and 
electric scooters.

We are eager to recruit new volunteers to the society, who do not necessarily have to join the committee, but whose help would prove vital in continuing to raise much needed funds, together with increasing the awareness of MS.

A few hours help each month could make the greatest difference.

If you think you could spare any time to help with fundraising events such as our forthcoming Blackpool Tower to Lytham Windmill Wheel and Walk, during our local instore or street collections, or alternatively with the simple updating of the branch website, please do not hesitate to contact us on our freephone number 0800 389 1204.

Many Thanks

Melinda Jones


M.S. Society, Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Branch

Lancaster Bomber

Plane memories

In reply to Mr Bent (Letters, May 3) about the Lancaster Bomber, this was the main exhibit in the collection at the Air Museum in the early 1970s at Blackpool Airport.

There was also a Supermarine Spitfire, the fleet air arm version of the Spitfire; an F86 Sabre Jet, the type which served in the Korean War; and some Second World War military vehicles.

The Lancaster (NX611) came into service in 1945 and was part of the French fleet air arm, Aeronavale.

I believe it is now at East Kirby Airfield.

Although not air worthy, it is still capable of taxi-ing.

While being on display at Blackpool, you were allowed to go inside the aircraft to see the conditions the air crew had to serve and work in.

Stefan Martens

Blackpool Road North

St Annes

The aircraft referred to by Mr Bent (Letters ,May 3), was not a Lancaster Bomber but a Shackleton Bomber.

We used to board it frequently as members of 177 Squadron Air Training Corps based in premises on the airport.

It brought back memories.

John Simpson

Caunce Street Blackpool

Local elections

No seats for UKIP

There has been much debate about the results of the
county council elections last week.

Here in the North West there were contests in Lancashire and Cumbria.

Liberal Democrats started with 23 county councillors and ended up with 22.

This was a very satisfactory result given that we enjoyed the luxury of opposition
when the seats were last fought.

Liberal Democrat candidates ran on a positive message of building a stronger economy and a fairer society and residents showed that they
appreciate the hard work of Liberal Democrat

By contrast, UKIP (UK Independence Party) won not a single seat.

For all the hype, UKIP
still does not have a single councillor, not one, on
any principal council anywhere in the North West of England.

At least one reason for this must be that people in our region can see through Nigel Farage’s shallow slogans and empty rhetoric.

Chris Davies

Liberal Democrat MEP for the North West