AFTER attending the bandstand in Stanley Park on Sunday, September 2, for their monthly music in the park events, I was delighted to see this iconic building is being used by the many new and up and coming musicians as it was intended when it was first built.
There is variety of music to suit all tastes, and it is importantly using one of Blackpool’s top heritage sights, Stanley Park.
Well done to Carol Thaw and her team of Friends of Stanley Park in organising such great events for free, such as this last event by Neil Measures.
The park was packed full of visitors enjoying the attractions on offer, the new swan sailboats and rowing boats and the alfresco seating area outside the Art Deco Cafe.
I just wanted to throw a positive light on the hardworking volunteers and my hometown.
WHEN I first heard Blackpool FC had a hotel planned, I no doubt like many others, had more than a slight touch of pessimism, cringing at the thought of just what they would do badly.
I’m delighted to say how very wrong I was.
I have visited the restaurant twice now and on both occasions the food, service and ambience was second to none on the Fylde coast.
On our first visit we were lucky enough to meet Paul Rowley, who not only introduced himself and his marvellous team but also arranged for us to have a look around the hotel after we’d eaten.
The hotel has more than a touch of class with real attention to detail and high-quality fittings and furnishings – the set up of the rooms for matchday boxes was simply an amazing transformation.
Unfortunately for me I only live around the corner so I am disappointed I will never get the chance to try out this sumptuous hotel. However, if it lives up to its image and the brilliant staff, service and food at Rowleys, it can be nothing but fantastic.
It’s worth remembering that including Blackpool, only four clubs have hotels attached, so the BFC hotel itself is testimony to the foresight and ambition at BFC.
The other three of these hotels are ran by large hospitality chains and having stayed in two of those I’ve no doubt the BFC hotel will offer a more personal welcoming touch to the visitor experience – while looking just as, if not more impressive.
Many of us are quick to criticise the club and its owners, so I feel it’s about time we applauded a job well done.
Congratulations Paul Rowley and Sam Oyston, this is a credit to the town and something we should all be proud of.
COUN Lynne Bowen, Wyre Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for sport and leisure, would appear to have a particular aversion to spending money in Fleetwood, the borough’s biggest town, with her latest announcement Thornton Leisure Centre is to receive £3.4m to create an extreme sport and dance facility; £1.7m is to go to Poulton Leisure Centre for a top quality spa and Garstang is to receive a £2.3m centre upgrade and integrate a new swimming pool.
Fleetwood is conspicuous by its absence in these proposals.
While I am sure the people of Fleetwood do not begrudge their near neighbours having these investments, they must also be wondering when it is going to be Fleetwood’s turn to be a beneficiary.
Coun Bowen goes on to say “Fleetwood Leisure Centre has received substantial investment in recent years and was found to be suitable for community needs and does not require additional funding at this time.”
Do the councillor and her advisors really walk about with their eyes shut? What ‘suitable’ standards does she imagine that Fleetwood people will tolerate?
Over recent years Fleetwood has lost a whole host of recreational facilities: crazy golf, the nine-hole pitch and putt course, trampolines, table tennis, bouncy castle, a bowling green and the outdoor swimming pool.
The children’s paddling pool is also under threat of closure.
The last time Fleetwood Leisure Centre had money spent on it was three years ago. Thornton Leisure Centre which is to receive more funding had £1m spent on it only last year.
She also states none of Wyre’s leisure centres are going to close – that it is not a cost cutting exercise.
Does the proposed closure of Fleetwood’s children’s paddling pool which is a leisure outlet not count as a cost cutting exercise with a figure of £12,000 of savings being mentioned?
Is there no money available for the keenly-awaited skateboard park for the benefit of local children from the pot of £7.4m?
I trust that when the debate on this topic comes before Wyre Council on September 15, that our Fleetwood councillors see to it that Wyre spends some of this leisure centre pot of cash in Fleetwood.
Fleetwood Development Partnership
I AM pleased to add my congratulations to those in your article The Show Must Go On (Gazette September 6).
Following almost two years of shows produced by Alan Hebden at Layton Institute, I was delighted he and his wife had found a venue that was suitable to continue giving us our monthly live entertainment and to see faces we thought we may not see again.
Our intro to the venue was to see Terry, ex-door man at the Layton, with his cheery smile, John and Judith were selling us raffle and bingo tickets as usual, and we were once more led with a tuneful rendition of Old Black Magic.
It has been hard work to bring this together for us, and I for one thank all the above.