Letters - December 14, 2015

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It doesn’t take much to help change a life

I wanted to draw to the attention of your readers to the fact a small thing can make a big difference to someone’s life.

At the moment, in the Tesco Extra in Marton, there is a large Christmas tree which has tags on the branches. I was curious and took a look at the tags.

Each tag has the first name of a child and their age.

The Rotary is asking shoppers to take a tag, buy a present for the child named and return the tag with the present to the customer services department.

The children may be from deprived backgrounds, may have been the victims of neglect or worse, or whose parents have addiction problems – and this could be the only present they receive this Christmas.

It saddened me to see there were so many tags still on the tree, as I imagine those children may not receive a gift.

Having done it myself, I’d like to encourage other Gazette readers to do the same.

It doesn’t have to be expensive, or the best toy around. And perhaps you might have children yourself – look at all the things they already have, surely you could buy them one less Christmas present this year, and instead use the money to help brighten up a poor child’s life.

Perhaps you could even talk to your child about it and use it as a chance to help them learn about sharing and kindness.

I am always busy and rushing around, and nearly missed the tree myself. But to let people know, it’s situated to the right of the front door as you walk in the main entrance, next to the customer services.

Please help spread the true meaning of Christmas this year.

Tim Rimmer

South Shore


Can you help us to trace Uncle Billy?

I wonder if Gazette readers could help as we are trying to trace a relative to pass on sad news.

My wife’s uncle left Greenock, Scotland, some nine or ten years ago, only saying he was heading for the Blackpool area.

His name is William Walker, known as Billy, and was born on August 8, 1943 or 1944.

We have no information on any possible addresses or, indeed, whether Billy is in Blackpool itself or any of the surrounding towns.

Billy was a recovered alcoholic while living in Scotland and left in an effort to escape former associates, to that end he left no forwarding address or contact details.

Given his age, he could possibly be a resident of a sheltered housing facility or nursing home.

We are trying to contact him to inform him that his sister, Ellen McDougall, sadly passed away. If he was to be located, and still did not want to be contacted, or to re-establish contact with his family, that decision would be respected.

Billy is around 5ft 9in tall, of slim build, with light brown/sandy coloured hair. He was somewhat deaf and wore two hearing aids.

We have contacted the police in Blackpool who have made enquiries, unfortunately without success. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Ronnie Millar

Contact the Gazette via letters@blackpoolgazette.co.uk, and we will pass on your information to Ronnie


The NHS is not being dismantled by Tories

As an NHS professional myself I could not disagree more with David Wrigley, a well-known Labour Party supporter (Politically Correct, Gazette, December 9).

He seems to think he speaks for all NHS staff blaming everything on the Conservatives, well he doesn’t represent me and many others.

The reason it is so difficult to get a GP appointment is because under Labour, GP contracts allowed doctors to opt out of weekends and evenings.

I am a nurse and unsocial hours are just part of the job. The NHS is not being dismantled by the Conservatives. I tire of hearing this utter nonsense especially when the NHS is getting big funding boosts from the Conservative government.

Doctors do a wonderful job, but I wish Dr Wrigley, who I am sure is a highly competent GP, would stick to doing his best for his patients and stop scaring the public with such untruths about the Government’s management of the health service.

Just let professionals like me get on with our jobs and keep political meddling out.

Name and address supplied


Let there be light in today’s dark dramas

Is it my television or has electricity not yet been invented? The latest dramas, such as London Spy, seem to be 50 per cent shot in darkness.

When you enter a room at night, the first thing you do is switch on the light.

Okay, lamps are nice for atmosphere, but I would like to see what’s happening.

It really puts me off watching perfectly good dramas.

Jennifer Elferink

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Stop the world... I want to get off

I’m with Jayne Dawson when it comes to Christmas (Saturday Slant, Gazette, December 12).

I, too, come up with any excuse possible to avoid seeing friends and relatives on the ‘big day’.

Despite TV cookery shows and food magazines telling us to be prepared for the unexpected arrival of Uncle Keith or Cliff and Marjorie, the next door neighbours, I don’t see anything wrong with battening down the hatches, breaking out the Toblerone and spending a few days in the company of my very immediate family, a good bottle of red and the Christmas edition of the Radio Times.

After all, the other 364 days of the year, we have to be on the go 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. Our mobile phones and tablets are constantly on, casting their baleful glow over every waking moment.

What’s wrong with taking a step back, getting away from the rat race, and actually calming down?

P Laurence

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