Letters - 15-03-12

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WHO cares how much money Mr Oyston has taken out of Blackpool Football Club?

Where would we be without him? We’ve just had a season in the Premier League, and, wobble aside, we could very well be heading back there.

Blackpool are an entertaining side to watch, even when they’re not playing well.

I’ve watched the likes of Manchester United over the years and, good as they are, they are often a boring team to watch – really boring.

Our wage cap gives players an edge – they need to play that bit better to get noticed. Look at the slump some “stars” on £100,000 plus a week go through. They’re too comfy. They’ve already made it and have the money in the bag.

I’m always excited by what a new signing will do. We’ve had a few stinkers but Ollie certainly has an eye for players from the lower league who come up trumps.

We could have it far worst – just look what’s happened to our illustrious rivals at PNE.

Colin Martin

Blackpool Old Road


IN May 1962, almost 100 young boys, aged from 15 to 17 years of age, left their homes and families from all over Great Britain and travelled up, down and across to the city of Carlisle in Cumbria to become the next intake of young potential soldiers at the Army Apprentices College, Carlisle.

Three years later, after intense military, education and trade training, these young soldiers headed for the wider world of the regular army, where they were posted to units throughout the world.

From Germany to Cyprus, Kenya, Borneo and many other ‘exotic’ places, these young soldiers continued to learn their trade and the tricks and ways of seasoned soldiers such as how to skive, work in difficult conditions under fire in active service zones and helping to protect Europe during the Cold War amongst many other arduous tasks. A number of these soldiers completed a minimum of nine years service but many went on to make the armed forces a career, serving up to and beyond 22 years, reaching the highest ranks possible.

Now 50 years on there is to be a reunion of all of those original members in May and through these columns we would like to contact as many ex-apprentices of 62b Carlisle to invite them to be part of this celebration.

If there are any persons from those heady, halcyon days of Carlisle who would wish to attend the weekend celebrations, they are asked to contact Bernie Wisely at bernie.wisely@googlemail.com for further details.

Roy Saxby

via email

CAN anyone tell me how much Blackpool Council’s – or its subsidiaries’ and contractors’ – mistakes have cost to rectify in recent years?

We had Carnesky’s Ghost Train moved around, the arches on Birley Street moved or altered, the Promenade work being redone already, tram track repairs before the lines are open, and the arch close to Squires Gate Lane moved several times.

Who paid for the mistakes?

Simon Brown