Letters - September 14, 2012

Team Sky's Mark Cavendish (centre)  wins the sprint to take the Tour of Britain Stage 4 on Blackpool Promenade during the fourth stage of the Tour of Britan from Carlisle to Blackpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 12, 2012. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire.

Team Sky's Mark Cavendish (centre) wins the sprint to take the Tour of Britain Stage 4 on Blackpool Promenade during the fourth stage of the Tour of Britan from Carlisle to Blackpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 12, 2012. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire.

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IT is fair enough to say Blackpool has had a bit of kicking when it comes to hosting big events on the seafront this year.

First we had Elton John’s gig on the new Festival Headland being called off before the end, due to storms, then the soggy day out watching the Olympic Torch relay.

I enjoyed them all – as did my family – and we did not pay too much attention to those doom mongers who said Blackpool seafront was not geared up to hosting big events any more.

I went along again this week for another massive day for Blackpool as the Tour of Britain cycle race sped into town.

It was great to see world champions and Tour de France winners in a professional race on the Golden Mile.

This has got to be made an annual event. It is great publicity and exposure for the town.

Who really needs the Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysees when we have our own Tower, the Golden Mile and sweeping aerial shots made for TV which the rest of the UK can only dream of having.

Mr S Sutcliffe

South Shore, Blackpool

RSPCA Blackpool and North Lancs would like to thank Lucy’s at Tobago, Blackpool, where Marlene, her staff and various artistes organised a charity day, raising a magnificent £358 for us.

All gave time and talents so generously, and Marlene was ably assisted by Tampa, her little dog, a popular and well-loved sight at the venue.

The money will be well spent, supporting local animal welfare, caring for the abused, neglected and abandoned animals at the local self-funding RSPCA branch. At Stalmine our new centre is a work in progress, and, when complete, will provide much better facilities. At present we are having to maintain the current site, suffering crumbling foundations because demand for local animal welfare is so great in this area.

We have a 400 Club, where members pay £2, or more, each month. Although small (yet to reach 400 members) it provides a steady source of income.

If anyone would like to join, or volunteer help in any other capacity, contact our branch manager on (01253) 763991.

We are always pleased to welcome anyone either to this club or to help us care for the animals, work in the shops or hold or support a fundraising event.

MISS A M TURNER

Secretary

RSPCA BLackpool and North Lancs

I was horrified by the recent TV documentary on Blackpool’s drink and drug problem.

Hearing a 17-year-old say he got totally wasted because “it’s something to do” made me fear for our schoolchildren.

It is time to start charging these idiots for emergency services.

Surely drug-driving is as lethal, if not more, as drink-driving, and should be treated as severely.

This insane culture is costing us dearly, and must be stopped. I wondered if, when these stupid people sobered up, were they shown film of their behaviour? Maybe that would make them proud. Being hit severely in the pocket, though, would concentrate their tiny minds.

Please do not publish my name, or address, because I have more than enough rubbish thrown in my garden already.

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