Letters - April 07, 2015

The Menin Gate at Ypres, where more than 54,000 soldiers are commemorated. The Lancs and Yorks Historical Society are planning to run trips to the site and other battlefields of the First World War
The Menin Gate at Ypres, where more than 54,000 soldiers are commemorated. The Lancs and Yorks Historical Society are planning to run trips to the site and other battlefields of the First World War
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Society to make visit to battlefields

Historical pilgrimage

Battlefield trip

Each year the Lancs and Yorks Historical Society organises pilgrimages to the battlefields of the First World War.

The tours are in August and September, covering France and Belgium.

This year we plan to visit the Somme battlefields and the Ypres salient. We can also visit the battlefield at Arras Vimy Ridge and Loos if these are requested.

This year is 100 years since the start of the Battle of Ypres and also the Battle of Loos.

In 1915 poison gas was used by both sides, first the Germans near Ypres and the British at Loos.

The trip specialises in visiting specific cemeteries or memorials on the above mentioned battlefields as and when they are requested, and an experienced battlefield guide will accompany each trip to commentate on the various battles and the many historic events that occurred.

The historical society was formed as a charitable hobby in 1990 by ex-servicemen who have many years of practical experience in conducting visits to the battle areas of France and Flanders, and we support a variety of ex-service charities and institutions.

These trips are open to anyone who might be interested and we welcome all enquiries.

Anyone who requires further information should write to the following address, enclosing a medium sized SAE for postal replies: Lee Robert, 5 Richmond Street, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 4EF, or call 01977 734614

Lee Robert

Lancs and Yorks Historical Society

Rail rage attack

Yob punished

I was pleased to read in the Gazette (April 2) that the thug who attacked a train conductor at Blackpool South has been caught.

All too often people in the line of official duty come under fire from yobs who think nothing of attacking them simply because – in this case – they have missed their train. I was, however, surprised to read that, despite having two previous ‘railway related’ offences, he was not sent to prison.

The victim was clearly terrified by the whole ordeal and even the attacker’s own barrister described two of his previous crimes as ‘serious’, so one really does have to wonder what you need to do these 
days to warrant a stiff punishment.

Nevertheless, so often the perpetrators of these crimes are never even caught and brought to justice, so it was heartening to see that he has been brought before the courts at all.

The vast majority of rail passengers in my experience, just like in any other walk of life, are courteous and well-behaved.

I hope stories like this will show the mindless minority that they can’t simply attack rail staff and expect to get away with it.

C Shreeves

address supplied

Fracking concerns

Heed voters

I am against fracking and in my opinion we should be calling a halt altogether.

No doubt many people have heard or read why other Governments worldwide have dismissed fracking out of hand – because of safety and environmental concerns.

Could this be because the time of day was wrong or they were in a bad mood?

No it’s actually the evidence amassed from the USA – published by many national and international news outlets – where this activity has been detrimental to those who have fracking in their communities. Those other governments have sought to protect their population but not the UK’s who are putting potential profit ahead of people’s wellbeing.

Nothing new there, then. This needs to stop before it starts by Lancashire County Councillors doing their elected duty – listening to their constituents – and voting no in April.

Maybe some appear to be supporting this abomination in our mist in the misguided belief of a nirvana of job creation, especially in Blackpool.

Let’s take another look at Cuadrilla’s map of their proposed sites.

None in Blackpool, instead the lovely Lancashire countryside in around Singleton,

Weeton, Kirkham, Wrea Green etc will see and feel the effects.

Jobs? Yes if you’re a technician with specified qualifications, not sure about the ordinary man in the street, given the proposals for related degree courses.

Not that any fracking-related jobs would compensate for the potential of what could be lost in tourism and in all the other related businesses who depend on our visitors.

Perhaps we believe they will still want to visit to view the rolling green fields and lovely views only to find mountains of soil and heavy machinery.

Stand up for Lancashire, sign the petition at @38degrees.org.uk and make your opinion count. Heard the one about one person making a difference?

Elaine Lesbirel

St George’s Park, Kirkham

Blackpool airport

Flights return

It was fantastic to see the return of flights to Blackpool Airport (Gazette, April 2) and even more encouraging to read the words of David Buck (Citywing;s chief executive) who thinks this could be the start of a bright future once again for the airport.

It would be a crying shame if so much aviation history was to be consigned to the past, so surely the next thing to be looked at is reopening the international terminal and looking at getting more flights. This is a facility of which we should be proud.

S Carmell

via email