Letters - September 17, 2013

Gill Hall of Bispham whose dad's grave has been damaged by grave maintenance staff at Carleton Crematorium three times. She claims they are not showing enough respect to grieving families and letters are currently being sent out to ak families to remove items left on graves.
Gill Hall of Bispham whose dad's grave has been damaged by grave maintenance staff at Carleton Crematorium three times. She claims they are not showing enough respect to grieving families and letters are currently being sent out to ak families to remove items left on graves.
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Respect from Cemetery

A long wait

Re: the article ‘Show My Dad Some Respect’ (Gazette September 13) by Vanessa Cornall.

After posting the article on my Twitter and Facebook accounts, I would like to thank the many people who have posted comments to show their support and utter disgust at the lack of respect and dignity our family has been shown – especially my mum.

I wish to also clarify a few points to the superintendent’s response: “Council has apologised”

Yes! Eventually he did, but had to be reminded.

After the second incident I received NO verbal apology (my friends witnessed this and made comment about it).

A written apology came almost one month after the incident after I rang up and asked where the apology to my mum was.

That does not account for apologising profusely in my book!

I was also made to wait (with the same friend) for more than 30 minutes at the Carleton Cemetery office for a re-imbursement to damage to the grave
 following Father’s Day 
this year.

I was asked for proof in the form of receipts – which I did not have – all adding insult to injury for me.

As for the ‘lawned area’ there are literally hundreds of graves at Carleton where grieving families lay mementoes for their loved ones.

How can someone dictate to anyone how they should grieve?

If these tokens can bring grieving families some peace and comfort, then leave them alone.

And once again (hopefully for the final time) I urge “show some respect”.

The third incident happened more than two weeks ago – we are still waiting for the three replacement flower flutes we were promised.

Gill Hall

Bispham


Burma star holders

How many?

I read with interest a Gazette article on Fred Stroud’s birthday celebrations (September 11), saying he was one of five remaining Burma Star holders on the Fylde coast.

I came to wondering if I am one of the five or are there more that did not bother to join the Burma Star Association?

I served in India, Assam and Burma, with the 2Div that retoomk Kohima, for close on four years.

Good health to Mr Stroud.

W Broadley

Whiteholme Drive

Carleton


Free school breakfasts

A big need?

Reading the research conducted by Kellogg’s ( Gazette September 14), there are claims that almost one million children across the country go to school without a breakfast.

Teachers also say children are arriving at school hungry.

In the 1940s during rationing there were hungry children. We were lucky and got a bowl of porridge or bread and dripping but NEVER went to school hungry.

Family members lived nearby and shared food. Also you could go to a neighbour andborrow some bread.

It seems we are going back to the bad old days.

For parents living on limited incomes today life must be hard as families are not as close knit.

Also you would not ask a neighbour today for a cup of sugar because there is no community.

As there are so many children going to school hungry (and winter is coming on) I suppose the free school breakfasts must be the answer.

Mrs P O’Connor

Portland Road

Blackpool


Wall is a “dog toilet”
Disgusted

Local dog owners and walkers, with up to four dogs in their charge, allow them to urinate on our wall, several times a day. The smell is quite offensive and the wall and street is covered. The section of wall is being undermined and damaged.

There appears to be double standard on similar behaviour and its criminality.

If I was to urinate on someone’s wall, I would be committing a criminal offence on each occasion; however if I regularly allowed a dog to urinate on the same wall, I may not be committing a criminal offence.

Both are ‘calls of nature’ and both are under human control as to where it happens.

The dog owners and walkers decide what route they take and they don’t have to choose to go past or stop outside houses where they know their dogs regularly urinate and defecate.

It is an absolute disgrace and clearly demonstrates the total lack of respect or consideration for their neighbours’ wellbeing and property.

Anyone suffering from this continual nuisance and harassment should contact their MP to petition them to get the necessary laws changed.

Report it to the police as the persistent actions of the owners may constitute anti-social behaviour.

There should be a specific criminal offence for allowing dogs to regularly urinate or defecate on or outside someone else’s property.

John Harris

Beach Road

St Annes