Letters - April 15, 2015

Manchester Airport is a "hell hole" and Blackpool Airport should be brought back to its full potential, says Paul Nettleton
Manchester Airport is a "hell hole" and Blackpool Airport should be brought back to its full potential, says Paul Nettleton
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Long wait

I had the great misfortune in having to fly from Manchester Airport to Malaga on Good Friday.

What an absolute hell hole of a place this is and it should be given a public health warning.

If you enjoy queueing for virtually anything and everything under the sun, this is the place to be.

Having enjoyed an uneventful train journey from Blackpool North, things went downhill rapidly after that.

It takes more than 10 minutes walking time to get to Terminal 3 and if you happen to be carrying luggage, you are forced to use the lifts (all three of them), you can’t use the escalators.

You then join a mile long queue to check in, and then another at security.

After almost two hours, we finally managed to go and sit down until our flight was ready.

The point of this letter ?

There is a perfectly good airport situated on Squires Gate Lane that knocks spots off Manchester.

Balfour Beatty, you should hang your head in shame after what you did with our airport and if you can’t get it to make a profit then let somebody else have a go.

It’s a crying shame that the facilities aren’t being used to the full potential.

After what I witnessed a few days ago in Manchester, there has to be a niche market that can be tapped in to.

Get round the table with Jet2, or any other airline, and thrash out a deal that’s good for both parties.

The return of international flights are a must for Blackpool Airport.

Paul Nettleton

South Shore


Too young

Regarding the seven-year-old boy tragically killed on a skiing holiday, in this situation the child should not have been out of his parents’ sight at any time.

However, you look at this it was irresponsible to leave a seven-year-old somewhere behind on a ski slope.

Even if the child was a good skier, he was obviously not mentally prepared to be alone.

This is obvious from him taking off his skis and wandering away into a dangerous area.

I feel dreadfully sorry that this tragedy has happened.

Keith Hallam

By email


Full Monty

Having thoroughly enjoyed the Lytham Amateur Operatic Society production of The Full Monty at Lowther Pavilion last week, I was taken aback to see that only male members of the cast were deemed worthy of a mention by your critic Danielle Wrench.

Truly the men were very good, as also were the female members of the cast whose acting and singing was also professional and enjoyable.

I would like to thank all concerned with the production, for their hard work and devotion in order to help the breast cancer charity Hug in a Bag.

Mrs E. Brown

Central Drive




As we celebrate National Gardening Week (April 13-19), Action for Blind People’s North West team wants to share with readers why gardening is accessible to 
all; both sighted people and those with a visual impairment.

We’re encouraging everyone to become budding gardeners, while doing some myth-busting about what sight loss means.

Gardening is a sensory experience, through touching the plants and smelling the aroma of flowers.

Vision isn’t essential to appreciate nature.

Ninety six per cent of people who experience sight loss keep some of their vision.

The majority retain an ability to differentiate between colours.

So, this makes gardening an attractive and accessible hobby.

Sight loss can undermine confidence and independence.

Gardening offers a therapeutic way to restore self-belief and adjust to visual impairment; a new ‘leaf of life!’

Sharing the gardening with a ‘green fingered’ sighted friend creates a social opportunity, overcoming loneliness and isolation that many people experience when they become visually impaired.

Action for Blind People’s regional team provides a range of services and support, helping people affected by sight loss to enjoy their interests, hobbies, and to live life to the full.

For more information email: preston@actionforblindpeople.org.uk

Our website shows how to create a sensory garden: www.actionforblindpeople.org.uk/gardening

Herbie Yon

Area Operations Manager North West

Action for Blind People