Letters - March 5, 2015

Uncle Tom's Cabin, the venue for JackersStock
Uncle Tom's Cabin, the venue for JackersStock
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Jackersstock weekend


Last weekend saw 18 acts performing at Uncle Tom’s Cabin as part of JackersStock.

Cabin general manager Jo Jacklin is a major backer for local bands and the Blackpool Music Festival, hosting events and promoting the festival across the Fylde coast.

But in the past year, the mum-of-four has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, a rare cancer attacking the lymphatic system, as well as supporting her son Dylan’s battle with illness.

I had about six or seven different people from bands come to me saying, ‘Can we do something?’, so a few of us got together and set up JackersStock.

Everybody has clubbed together and every band we asked has said yes. The only ones who didn’t were those who were away, and some even rearranged things so they were available.

Friday’s line-up featured Bob On, The Heat, The Lost Archives, The Atmospherics and The Key-Tars.

Saturday had The Full Fat Boogie Band, Little Green Wheels, Brother Rabbit, The Cobras, Myth Of Unity, The Monster Squad Acoustic, Jay Thackery and Solid States, and Sunday closed the weekend with Jekyll, Dirty Work, The People, Ska Face and The Inciders.

It was a fantastic weekend and I would like to thank all the bands, who were amazing and helped each other out, the fabulous staff at Uncle Tom’s who pulled out all the stops for Jo and thanks to everyone who came along to support the weekend.

I would especially like to thank Tony Fox and Christie Neild from Bandit Audio Services who arranged the sound and light and Paul Stevenson who did an amazing job as stage manager, working tirelessly all weekend. Ian Fletcher, Steve Guest, John Fisher, Richard Shirt, Chris Chew and Victoria Bamborough completed the JackersStock team and all played a part in putting this event together.

Our biggest thanks go to Jo Jacklin herself, she always puts others first, so we were glad to give her a weekend where she was number one.

Jon Bamborough

Blackpool Music Festival

Theft from charity shop


As many readers know (and have supported) Cat Rescue has a shop on Wood Street, St Annes.

Sadly, last weekend we had a large collection box in the shape of a Coca-Cola bottle stolen off the counter.

We have had the bottle for nearly 20 years, and are really upset at its loss and especially the pictures on it of our special cat Charlie.

We don’t know whether it was stolen for the money in it or whether someone just wanted the bottle, as we have been asked to sell it many times.

The silver lining is that a gentleman was in the shop when we discovered the loss and handed us a £20 note to pay for two 50p books, and told us to keep the change to go towards a replacement bottle.

This quite renewed our faith in people!

We hope someone will find the bottle and be able to return it to us.

Christine Ashton

St Annes Cat Rescue

(01253) 720357

Football candidate


On a cold, wet Saturday evening I decided I’d take a look in on Blackpool South’s newest addition to the general election campaign trail, a certain Mr Andy Higgins.

With what seems less than a cigarette paper’s width separating the policies of many of the mainstream parties today, and with so many of these policies seeming so distant from me, I wanted to hear from someone who can see and understand what has happened to a once thriving Bond Street, a previously bustling Highfield Road, and a football club in a quicker divisional decline than previously seen before.

I wanted to hear about failing schools in Blackpool South, the high levels of deprivation in the area and the increasing need for foodbanks.

Well, I wasn’t disappointed. This degree educated (politics) family man and mainstay of the local music scene seemed to strike a note with many in the room on the launch of his campaign trail.

A thoughtfully prepared video production takes you through a selection of Andy’s aims and objectives for the local area plus an insight into his close interest – the goings on at Blackpool Football Club.

With, I was told, three generations watching on from the sidelines on Saturday plus the backing of the Blackpool Supporters Trust , you are drawn to see why Andy feels there is a huge link between both football and wider community issues.

Many local businesses recorded a significant upturn in fortune during the football club’s most successful period – and that was not a coincidence says Andy.

Similarly, as the club experiences a period of decline, is the reverse true?

Are businesses locally suffering since the decline of the football club’s success? Questions Andy seems all to0 willing to answer.

I’ll continue to follow this with interest as Andy begins a series of campaign events, the next one I believe at The Highfield, on Thursday. March 12. His friends tell me Blackpool South could be about to awaken at the ballot box in May.

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