Letters - November 22, 2011

Mums and children protesting against the closure of their Sure Start Centre on Grenfell Avenue, Layton. Pictured right is Elizabeth Metcalf .

Mums and children protesting against the closure of their Sure Start Centre on Grenfell Avenue, Layton. Pictured right is Elizabeth Metcalf .

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THE Layton Labour councillors have recently put out a newsletter in which they mention the success of the Home-Start community centre in Grenfell Avenue.

During the local election campaign earlier this year they campaigned on a single issue – the closure of the children’s centre and that, if elected, they would keep it open.

During the consultation period, I worked with the Layton mums supporting them to keep the centre open.

When it was announced the children’s centre was going to close due to budget cuts, I immediately contacted the executive director of children’s services to ask for his support in finding a way with the mums to keep the centre open.

This led to Home-Start being offered the opportunity to take over the running of the centre with financial assistance from the council.

Surprisingly, even though Labour are now in control of Layton and Blackpool Council, and despite their election promises, the centre has not returned to council control as a children’s centre and is still being run by Home-Start.

I personally would like to congratulate Carmen Conquer and Sue Williams (the centre manager) for all their hard work and support in continuing to help the mums and children of Layton.

And, as they are using the premises as a community centre, providing opportunities for all local residents.

SUE RIDYARD,

Former Conservative councillor for Layton

MY memories of Jimmy Savile, pictured, were when as a teenager in Leeds, he was our DJ at The Mecca in the ’50s.

What a nice man, with a smile for everybody. A few years later I met him again.

He came to open some apartments near where I worked, which was an old people’s home. I asked him to come and see the old people. He came and shook hands with everyone and what a lovely day. I will never forget it.

It’s a shame there isn’t more people like him, it would be a much better world.

MRS HUMPHRIES

Rossall

Fleetwood

REGARDING the article Sacrifices Hailed 50 Years On (Gazette November 19), we must not forget the conflict in Malaya from 1948 to 1960 when Malaya achieved its independence.

The conflict from 1948 to 1960 is usually omitted in newspaper reports.

This was a time when thousands of British and Commonwealth troops, Malayan troops, and police served.

Many young men lost their lives.

(NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED)