Airport in crisis
Well done to all those idiots who moaned about paying the extra £10 airport development fee to use Blackpool Airport and instead paid £50 for a taxi to Manchester.
You can now be pleased with yourselves that you have taken the airport to the brink of closure.
Hopefully, you will be clever enough to realise this is very bad news for our town.
More jobs lost, more bad press, less choice for local travellers.
My family and I fly from Blackpool every year and we think the convenience of having an airport on your doorstep is a massive bonus compared to the cost and time of getting to and from Manchester.
We would be very sorry to see it close.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the land that was the home of Pontins should never have been used for new homes.
Alarm bells should have been heard when it was announced that houses under a flight path were going to be built.
The land should have been used to erect some kind of multi-use conference centre, with new airport connections, train terminus and park and ride facilities, maybe incorporating a heritage tram museum.
Are we now going to see a massive new housing estate?
If, and I hope it’s not the case, the airport closes, surely some sort of unique tourist attraction on this precious piece of land, should be considered.
I for one am hoping it’s not the end for our airport.
Mr P. J. Brierley
Mental health issues
Friday October 10 is World Mental Health Day – a yearly event celebrated around the world.
It was created to raise public awareness of mental health issues and its aim is to get us all talking openly about mental illnesses, its treatments and preventions which are available.
Our mental health affects the way we think and feel about ourselves and others, and how we deal with life.
One in four of us is affected by a mental health problem in any year.
Talking about mental health can help us to recover. It can strengthen relationships and take the taboo out of something that affects us all.
Nine in 10 people who have a mental health problem will experience stigma and discrimination as a result. It does not have to be this way.
I have supported the ‘Time to Change’ campaign and I made the following pledge: Stigma, bullying, harassment and discrimination can wreck lives, yet everyone can change their attitudes and behaviours.
I am making a difference in my workplace by raising awareness and ensuring training is provided to all colleagues.
There are five simple things you could do to support someone: talk, but listen, too – simply being there will mean alot. Keep in touch – meet up, phone, e mail or text.
Don’t just talk about mental health, chat about everyday things as well. Remind them you care, and finally, be patient, good days and bad days happen.
For more information about ‘Time to Change’ visit www.time-to-change.org.uk .
Grand theatre play
Another fine photo from the Lost Archives (Jack Buchanan and Coral Browne – September 26) but the play in which they appeared at the Grand in November, 1950, was not called The Coal Board Comedy.
It was in fact Alan Melville’s Castle In the Air.
It first came to the Grand in October, 1949, before opening at London’s Adelphi on December 7.
After 293 performances, Buchanan and Browne toured it again and revisited the Grand.
By this time it was being referred to as “the Coal Board comedy” because of its plot line.
Scots-born Jack Buchanan played an impoverished Scottish earl trying to sell his ancestral castle to an American millionairess, while the National Coal Board was angling to acquire it as a holiday home for miners!
Hence the generic name Coal Board comedy.
Blackpool stage historian