Letters - April 27, 2015

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I read the Gazette article about the road closures for filming a Tim Burton movie that a friend had posted on Facebook.

I’m sure many of our mutual friends around the country did too.

My husband and I last year enjoyed a great couple of days in Blackpool and I’m glad I did because if all I’d ever read about your town were the negative comments left by your readers about this story I wouldn’t touch the place with a cattle prod!

If a multi-national film company coming to put your town on the global stage is such a trauma to you perhaps you should count your blessings?

Doesn’t Blackpool rely on its reputation to encourage visitors?

Isn’t tourism your major source of trade and employment?

You have several brilliant attractions and a world famous tower.

Like every other town in the UK your council is struggling with our love affair with cars.

Give them a break and stop whining!

Someone once said of the fabulous city I live in... “There are two problems with Hull. The people who’ve never been, and the people who’ve never left”.

Is the same true of Blackpool?


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There have been some articles recently saying the only whistling we get now is done by the kettle.

Well I can still whistle and I am a great grandmother.

I started when I was nine years old and living in Fleetwood at the time.

The Empire Theatre in Fleetwood had talent shows for young people on Saturday evenings.

My mother told me to go along and I came in second place whistling and won a big box of chocolates.

Through the years I have carried on whistling round the house and in the garden for birds to come for breakfast.

I ‘m not too bad and have a go at Pavarotti and Madame Butterfly.

I’ve had plenty of practice through the years.

My grandmother lived across the road from us in Fleetwood and I always had to take her something to eat.

My mum would say ‘whistle love, they will think it’s a man in the dark’.

I hope whistling has not gone forever.





Your story about an NHS boss’s eye-watering salary (Gazette, April 23) has a chillingly familiar ring to it for anyone who recalls how much money City bankers were making as they catapulted us all into years of recession.

It’s the same disease: the belief that market ideology must be applied to absolutely everything, including the NHS, despite evidence that doing so actually costs the NHS more, which has caused immense damage and threatens even more.

Because the NHS is being dismantled, brick by brick, as budgets are cut in real terms, year on year.

The Secretary of State’s responsibility for the NHS was quietly dropped with the Health and Social Care Act (2012), and since then there has been a steady trot towards privatisation.

No one will announce the demise of the NHS. But one day, quite soon, it will be gone.

All that will be left will be a brand name, for private cherry-picking to hide behind.

No longer a partnership; just an excuse for profit.

The law has to be changed to stop this.

The NHS (Reinstatement) Bill – laid before Parliament last month – does just that. It restores the NHS and protects it from attempts to carve it apart.

But to become law it needs MPs to know they can’t ignore it. People have never had a better time to let their prospective MPs know they can’t ignore them.

Alan Taman

Campaign for the NHS 
(Reinstatement) Bill 2015



The Gallipoli campaign in the Great War was a disastrous, overambitious and badly planned attempt to break the deadlock on the Western Front.

However, it was the scene of one of the most gallant incidents of the war.

On April 25 1915 six Victoria Crosses were awarded before breakfast to 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers.

Landing at Cape Helles as part of the amphibious part of the Gallipoli invasion, the landing was mismanaged and V and W beaches became bloodbaths in the face of barbed wire, land mines and hidden machine guns. In the inferno the six VCs were awarded.

The landing place was thereafter called, ‘Lancashire Landing’.

Now the six Victoria Crosses are to be reunited for the very first time. A painstaking nationwide search by the Fusilier Museum has found the sixth missing medal. The museum will be putting all six on display.

During the war 18 soldiers from the regiment were awarded the Victoria Cross.

Colonel (retired) Barry Clayton

Fieldfare Close