Letters - August 14, 2015

Sunday Night Last Night At The Proms at Lytham Arena at Lytham Festival with Elaine Paige and Marti Pellow.'Pictured Jonathan Antoine performing at the Lytham Arena.'9th August 2015
Sunday Night Last Night At The Proms at Lytham Arena at Lytham Festival with Elaine Paige and Marti Pellow.'Pictured Jonathan Antoine performing at the Lytham Arena.'9th August 2015
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Last night of the fest was a real success

We feel we have to write to say what a fabulous evening it was on Sunday night at Lytham Festival. We have supported other years, but feel this was the very best.

The parachute jump formation was a real surprise and so exciting to watch a super performance. Every act was great, the one disappointment was the star act Elaine Paige – her singing was good but all the songs she is really comfortable with, she did not introduce any new ones at all.

She was only on stage the once, we expected her coming back on for the finale. She seemed to lack the charisma of previous stars, Lesley Garrett, Alfie Boe, Russell Watson.

However, we do want to express that Jonathan and Laura were just fantastic.

They closed the show with such perfection, sang their hearts out with Jerusalem and Auld Lang Syne. We could have listened to them all night and by comments from around us and since speaking to friends so could other people.

It seems to be common knowledge that they were the real stars of the show and carried it through. Also the tribute to Cilla Black was very moving.

Mr and Mrs B West

Clarendon Road

St Annes


Ritzy show deserves a bigger audience

Puttin’ On The Ritz at the Grand Theatre must be the best song & dance show at any theatre for a long time. How sad that there were so few people in the audience last night... and how wonderful those on stage gave such a stunning performance in spite of the lack of support.

The audience that were there loved every minute of it – and rightly so. It is a MUST SEE show and there are only two weeks left to enjoy it.

Every dancer and every dancing school should experience the thrill of this show, and anyone who loves music can’t fail to have a wonderful evening. I cannot believe the lack of interest.

Carol Lawrance

Queens Promenade

Thornton Cleveleys


Service to honour the VJ Day veterans

It is apparent that Blackpool seems to be doing nothing to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Victory in Japan (VJ Day).

To commemorate this anniversary, and to remember all those Allied prisoners of war who suffered immense hardship and suffering at the hands of the Japanese, there will be a short service of commemoration tomorrow, taking place at the Fylde Memorial Arboretum situated on Moor Park Avenue. Please arrive at 10.30am for 11am start.

Everybody is welcome to come and attend. And also to have a look around the arboretum. The CO-OP Memorial has recently been installed in the area.

The service will take place in the developing memorial garden to the Burma Star and those lost to the great war 1914-1918.

Paul Binns

Vice President Fylde Ex-Service Liaison Committee



Stay aware of peril of meningitis at uni

At Meningitis Now, we’d like to congratulate all local students who found out this week they have got the grades they need to go to university this autumn.

For many of you, this will be your first experience of living away from home and the first time you have taken responsibility for your own health and wellbeing.

As part of this, can we please encourage you to be meningitis aware. Getting vaccinated with the new ACWY vaccine, available now free on the NHS, and knowing the signs and symptoms to look out for will save lives.

Download one of our free apps giving the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning), or carry one of our handy purse or wallet-sized cards.

Up to a quarter of first-year students carry the bacteria that can cause the disease in the back of their throats, compared with one in ten of the general population.

This puts students starting university and mixing with lots of new people at increased risk. Students should also make sure their immunisations are up to date by checking with their doctor before they go away to study.

However, vaccines do not protect against all types of the disease, which is why it is important to know the signs and symptoms and how to get urgent medical help.

Advice from Meningitis Now is download our app or carry a card, learn the signs and, if you suspect the disease, trust your instincts and seek medical advice immediately.

To request a card or to download our free app visit www.meningitisnow.org or call freephone 0808 80 10 388.

Rosie Heaton

Young Ambassador Meningitis Now

Sue Davie

Chief Executive, Meningitis Now