Letters - September 3, 2012

Chris Roberts (right), mortuary manager at Blackpool Victoria hospital who has been short-listed for a Celebrating Success Unsung Hero Award.' Chris is pictured with his team l-r William Jolly, Martin Brearton and Roy Whitehead.

Chris Roberts (right), mortuary manager at Blackpool Victoria hospital who has been short-listed for a Celebrating Success Unsung Hero Award.' Chris is pictured with his team l-r William Jolly, Martin Brearton and Roy Whitehead.

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I READ with great interest of the nomination of Chris Roberts in the ‘unsung hero’ category of The Gazette-backed Success Awards.

I first met Chris when he arrived at the Lancastria Co-op Society Funeral Service as a future funeral director, where I was office manager.

Over the 10 years in which I worked there, he progressed as a caring committed member of staff, passing his exams as funeral director and embalmer, requiring great skill and sensitivity.

He was always respectful and understanding when dealing with grieving relatives.

Five years ago, I was to be one of those relatives, when my husband died suddenly while we were on holiday in Italy.

After the trauma of returning my husband’s body to this country, the coroner required a post-mortem, and Chris was the person performing it.

Remembering my husband and myself from 30 years earlier, he was a great support, assuring me that he would care for John with the care and respect he would have afforded his own father.

I have never forgotten this, and regard his professionalism and understanding to be beyond reproach. I hope he and his team are recognised in the awards.

PAULINE DEVANE

Briar Road

Thornton

I READ with interest your article on the new measures being undertaken by Wyre Council to try to tackle the problem of dog fouling.

I agree it is a problem that needs tackling, as I have walked my dog on Fleetwood’s lower promenade every day for the past 12 months since I ‘rescued’ him, and the amount of dog poo is terrible.

However, I don’t think keeping dogs on leads is the answer.

The ignorant and selfish people that allow their dog to foul, and not clean up after them, will continue to act in this irresponsible manner, whether or not the dog is on a lead.

It would appear, the well being of the dogs has not been considered, as they have the right to proper exercise and not everyone can access the beach.

As your article said, most owners are responsible, so why put in controls which, in effect, punish the vast majority of dogs and owners, in the vain hope they may catch the guilty?

ANNIE MCKEON

Fleetwood

MAY I express my gratitude to Mr Bose, heart surgeon at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, and his team.

Also to the nurses and staff on wards 38 and 39 for their care.

Also to all staff and nurses at the Bispham nurse-led therapy unit for my care after heart surgery.

Thank you all.

AJ ATKINSON

Buckley Crescent

Cleveleys

PRINCE Harry’s latest misguided escapade is in deplorable taste.

It must surely have dismayed his grandmother, the Queen.

Arguments about whether pictures of him in the nude should have been made public, miss the point.

Prince Harry is not an ordinary member of the public. He is third in line of succession to the throne. As such, he lives a very privileged life.

That life brings responsibility.

Knowing his every move and utterance is monitored by the media, he ought accordingly to take care to behave in a manner fitting his position. It appears he is unable to do this.

Furthermore, he is a serving Army officer.

As such, he is expected to behave in such a way as to not bring the army into disrepute, or cause junior and senior ranks to no longer have respect for him.

In my opinion, his recent behaviour makes his position in the army untenable.

He should do the honourable thing and resign.

COLONEL (retired) BARRY CLAYTON

Fieldfare Close

Cleveleys

I WAS horrified to read in the Gazette about the suffering of the cats which had been dumped at Easterleigh.

The authorities must do all they can to catch whoever has done this, because it is among the worst cruelty cases I have ever heard of.

What on earth is going on in the minds of people like this?

Thankfully, the surviving cats are now in a caring environment at Easterleigh, and let’s hope they do recover and go on to live happier lives in a loving home.

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