Letters - April 16, 2015

Lytham Operatic Society's cast of upcoming musical, The Full Monty
Lytham Operatic Society's cast of upcoming musical, The Full Monty
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On Saturday, April 11, 344 guests joined me for my Gala Charity Dinner at the Imperial Hotel.

As a result of their generosity I raised £10,504 for my chosen charities, Donna’s Dream House and The Snowdrop Centre.

I would like to thank everybody who attended or gave raffle and auction prizes for their generosity.

I would also like to express my thanks to the main sponsors of the event, Blackpool Promotions Ltd, The Ma Kelly’s Group, F Hinds Jewellers and The Imperial Hotel whose organisation, food and service was superb.

The biggest thanks must go to the team of helpers who did tremendous work selling raffle tickets etc to achieve the marvellous amount of money raised.

These are Betty and Danny Bradford, Jean Brookhouse, Malcolm Dutton, Barbara Hardy, Elaine Smith and Michael Tax.

Thanks also to Rachel and Sarah Tax who gave the function room the ‘wow factor’ by dressing the chairs.

I really appreciate the support I have been given during my Mayoral year.

Val Haynes

Mayor of Blackpool

Village plan

I wish to further express my opposition to the proposal to build a large convenience store on the Shovels pub car park in our village of Hambleton.

My recent objections remain the same, no matter what the latest tinkering with the plans may be.

The effect on local residents will be most considerable, taking into account the additional increase in noise and much additional traffic disturbance that will be caused by such a venture.

Hambleton is a semi rural village and the impact of a large store in the centre of the village is totally inappropriate.

The residents are currently served by a number of excellent and well provisioned shops and countless other large supermarkets are within easy reach.

Cameron J. Henry

Rydal Road



Full Monty

Having seen very many shows over the years, I felt I had to write in after watching The Full Monty The Musical at Lowther Pavilion on Friday night, I was absolutely bowled over.

The production was so exceptionally good, I found it difficult to believe this was a local society and not on the West End.

The cast was outstanding, every single character perfect in their role, the staging and lighting brilliant, the direction and choreography unquestionably professional and the Soul Convicts swing band were phenomenal.

The whole audience gave a well- deserved standing ovation and were all up on their feet to join in with the finale of Hot Stuff waving their glow sticks.

The atmosphere was utterly electric.

I haven’t seen a show as good as this for a long, long time.

Massive congratulations to all concerned, one of the best night’s entertainment ever.

Mrs S. Taylor

North Park Drive



Brew up

I am writing to invite your animal-loving readers to host a Paws for Tea tea party on Friday May 15 in aid of the wonderful work of Blue Cross pet charity.

Blue Cross’s Paws for Tea fund-raising event combines the nation’s greatest loves – tea, cake and pets.

To take part, all you have to do is hold a tea party with friends, family or colleagues and ask them to make a donation in return for some tasty treats.

As an owner of many much loved pets, I know first-hand how rewarding they are and how much joy they bring to our lives.

But sadly, not all pets are fortunate enough to have loving homes.

Blue Cross works tirelessly to help over 40,000 sick, injured and homeless pets every year that would otherwise have nowhere else to go.

All funds raised will help Blue Cross care for the country’s most needy pets, and every penny raised really does count.

So go on, put the kettle on and sign up now at www.bluecross.org.uk/teaparty or phone 0300 790 9903.

Martin Clunes

Blue Cross



On behalf of everyone at Blackpool Lifeboat Station we would like to say a very big thank you to management, staff and customers of Lidl on Bloomfield Road for helping to raise £205.30.

Christine Parry

Central Drive