Letters - September 2, 2015

Plans for Blackpool Museum open to the public at the Winter Gardens.  Rachel Sykes and Kathryn Irving do the Blackpool Walk dance with Harry Eley (centre)
Plans for Blackpool Museum open to the public at the Winter Gardens. Rachel Sykes and Kathryn Irving do the Blackpool Walk dance with Harry Eley (centre)
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A day to make you proud of Blackpool

What a success the preview of the beginning of our museum was, as the activities were well beyond anyone’s expectations.

There was literally something for everyone, with high jinxes in every corner.

Back to the good old seaside days, as children participated in all the hands-on activities, from coconut shy to puppet making.

The Blackpool Landlady was a great hit, as were the super powers of the Ellis family. Singing booths and swing bands kept everyone’s feet tapping, and alongside all the fun of a Blackpool when the sands were crowded, were the stalls aimed at highlighting the heritage in our town.

I took part in the heritage talks as the Blackpool Civic Trust, the Grand and the Winter Gardens Trust welcomed new members on board.

Dancers swept the Pavilion floor, from tiny children, adults, to the high flying antics of the flamenco performers.

As a tourist guide, it brought the old Pavilion to life and I felt proud that our town is getting its deserved recognition. Comments were really encouraging from the visitors who packed the Horseshoe trying the magical exhibits, and giving feedback on two days of modern and old-time seaside fun.

If this is the taster, I cannot wait for the completion of our museum. It was spellbinding!

Shirley Matthews

Primrose Ave

South Shore



Why we have to stop assisted dying bill

I understand that Bob Marris MP is attempting to submit an ‘Assisted Dying Bill’ through Parliament on September11.

This is something we should all resist most emphatically, by writing to our MP and requesting them to vote against this folly.

Seventy-seven per cent of our doctors, quite rightly, oppose this unnecessary legislation as being contrary to their Hippocratic Oath, and requiring them to make value judgements about who is worthy to continue living.

This Bill undermines respect for human lives . The British Medical Association believes the “ongoing improvement in palliative care allows patients to die with dignity”. Pain can be well controlled, and this is not usually a deciding factor in anyone wishing to choose assisted physician dying as is presently offered by Dignitas in Switzerland.

It should be understood that if this Bill is approved it will introduce the widespread legalisation of assisted suicide throughout the NHS in the UK.

Vulnerable elderly people will be at risk of being killed or agreeing to such treatment if they feel they will become a financial or emotional burden to their families, during an economic recession when many families are struggling to make ends meet. A fatal NHS drug administration will be much cheaper than a £500-a-week stay in a residential home.

How this will affect us can be seen in other EU countries who have legalised euthanasia. Since 2008, the Dutch ‘right to die association’ has been campaigning for euthanasia for dementia and mental illness patients.

In 2012 they set up a’ right to die clinic’ and initiated mobile euthanasia teams so people can be killed in their own homes, and even now have called for law change to allow children under 12 to be given ‘the right to die’ . In each country the numbers of people killed by this means has risen steadily year on year.

The major disability rights groups here have opposed any change in the law, including Action on Elder Abuse, Mencap, Scope, Veterans Association UK and Disability Rights UK. Writing to our various MPs requesting them to vote against this Bill will hopefully prevent any of this coming to pass in the UK. It is easier to stem this threat to our people’s freedom now, rather than attempt to overthrow established legislation.

E J Tilley

Address supplied


Brian’s book does our trams proud

I am writing to your paper to tell your readers and historians about a book I picked up recently.

The Tower to Bispham is the second book from a series of three – the last leg is out next year – by Blackpool tram fanatic and historian, Brian Turner, who has compiled a photographic history of the tramway, from 1960 to the present day.

The first book covers the journey from Starr Gate to The Tower and the third volume will cover Bispham to Fleetwood Ferry, which is due to be released next year.

The book tells stories of the tramway through the golden years of the early 60s and through the troubled times in the 70s, then right up to today with the new Flexity Supertrains.

Each photograph oozes information and detail of the highest order, and takes you through the years by tram.

Brian is a fan of the tramway and has been from an early age and his knowledge of events is spot on.

Well done Brian on an excellent effort, may your books on Blackpool tramways continue for many more years to come.

M. Hibbert

Address supplied


Criticism should be accepted with grace

Further to the public letter from Owen Oyston to Blackpool Supporters’ Trust, (The Gazette, August 29) I would like to respond.

We, the fans, may not a be owners of a football club, or businesses, but we have contributed to the community in a variety of ways, gaining experience which can be transferred to other walks of life.

In most instances, success does not initiate “moans”, but failure will create “criticism”, and it is down to the person, persons or institution at fault to remedy this. The more fiscal success those at fault enjoy, then the louder will be the criticism and this should be accepted with dignity and professionalism.

The list of 11 questions given to the BST seems as much like a declaration of power as it does of good business practice – but I apologise if this is not the case.

All I know is that to sit in a fairly empty stadium, with seats covered by sheeting and the pitch guarded by police, stewards and security guards is not, to quote Mr Oyston, in the best interest of “the club, the fans, the directors and the shareholders”.

S Duke

Blackpool Old Road