Letters - September 13, 2013

The Manchester Hotel, at the junctuion of Blackpool Promenade and Lytham Road, in 1952
The Manchester Hotel, at the junctuion of Blackpool Promenade and Lytham Road, in 1952
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RESORT’s lost heritage

Demolished

I went to the Lost Buildings exhibition in Stanley Park Visitor Centre just before it ended.

It showed a good collection of photographs of demolished buildings in Blackpool.

The pictures were clear and very informative in their detail. They brought back many memories and I was surprised how many of these buildings I remembered from growing up in the resort.

For instance, the South Shore open air baths, the Catterall and Swarbrick’s brewery which I passed every day on the bus to school, as well as the Talbot Hotel.

On the photograph of that hotel you could even see the sign for its stables, something I had never noticed before.

The exhibition was curated by local historian Ted Lightbown, who is such an asset to Blackpool’s heritage, both in his command of local history and for his work in keeping the town’s heritage in the public domain.

The exhibition has now ended but Mr Lightbown is to give an illustrated talk, also called Blackpool’s Lost Buildings, to Blackpool and Fylde Historical Society on Tuesday, September 24 at 7.30pm, at Blackpool Cricket Club, Stanley Park. Members of the public will be welcome.

Christina Leigh Baker

Manchester

Guardian angels

Was it you?

On Sunday, September 8, I went to visit a poorly friend with a basket of fruit.

I was on the Promenade looking down all the roads off to get to my friends on Holmfield Road.

It was pouring with rain and suddenly I fell to the ground and in doing so I banged my neck against a wall. My ankle was badly bruised.

A young couple appeared from nowhere, the girl having just finished work at a hotel in one of the roads of Holmfield Road – I know not which hotel.

They cared for me for a long while, each of them holding me up. They were my guardian angels.

There are lots of lovely people around.

I would like to meet them again if I knew where they lived.

MRS MARGARET

JEFFERIES

20 Stocks Court

Queens Square

Poulton

Ring (01253) 894474


LIGHTS SWITCH-ON

Dim view

In view of the recent Illuminations Switch-On debacle, perhaps the time has come to enquire as to how much business management experience our councillors had acquired prior to becoming councillors.

They are, after all, running a large, high budget organisation which requires such experience, preferably gained in the private sector.

If I was interviewing someone for a job and they had no experience relating to that position, it is highly unlikely they would be successful. Perhaps, at the next council election, each candidate could list all the relevant managerial experience they have, thus enabling the electorate to choose the most able councillors.

In the meantime, I suggest that in 2014, the Illuminations are not switched on at all. This would, hopefully, bring home to those who truly benefit from them just how important The Lights are. This would be hotels, guest houses, pubs, restaurants, cafes and amusement centres, which would then perhaps contribute much more than the do now.

The council tax payers, who after all receive no benefit from this so-called ‘free’ show, would then benefit from improved services.

When the above mentioned organisations start contributing, the council could calculate how many evenings the Illuminations could run for that amount and restrict them to that period. In other words Blackpool commercial enterprises, pay for it or lose it.

Alan Murden

Lowfield Road

Blackpool


Prison overcrowding

The dangers

Re P Nutall’s letter (September 10) prison overcrowding can be alleviated by taking the mentally ill out of the system by reopening psychiatric 
hospitals closed in the name of progress.
I believe at least five life sentence inmates join the prison population every week, so we should have a referendum on capital punishment now.

A big problem facing the Prison Service is reduced staffing levels making working conditions very dangerous. This, along with the Government’s policy on privately-run prisons and appeasement mean the whole system is a powder keg .

For an insight of an officer’s working day I ask readers to view the “Know the Danger” website but be prepared to be shocked at how staff are treated.

I believe prison regimes should be firm and fair, serving as a deterrent, not a soft option. Also prisons should be returned to public status and not sold off. Prisons should not be about profit.

C Taylor

St Martins Road

South Shore