Letters - December 20, 2013

Winter Gardens restoration. The Rotunda dome.
Winter Gardens restoration. The Rotunda dome.
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Let’s support landmark


It is not often lately that there is something to 
praise in Blackpool, but I can bring readers a tale of great joy at last!

As a new recruit to the Winter Gardens Trust I was privileged to be able to attend the open day of the Winter Gardens and it was heartening to see so many people coming to look round the building and rejoice in the fact that this is one of the most beautiful in the many facetted gems of architecture in our town.

As a sandgrown’un I have many fond memories of the Winter Gardens.

It was always the place to meet friends on a Saturday night and dance the night away.

So many visitors who attended the open day had their own memories, but we now have a job to do in creating new memories for a younger generation. This is where the people of Blackpool and its many visitors hold the key to the future of the Winter Gardens.

Having said this the success so far in securing the building for the town was due to the vision of the town’s politicians and members of the Civic Trust as well as individuals, who found ways of buying the building and restoring it to its former glory.

This will cost more money as years of neglect from private companies nearly brought about its demise.

So how you can help? Well first let me thank the Gazette for the wonderful coverage and support this week and hopefully this will continue.

Becoming a member of the friends for £10 will save you 20 per cent on drinks, meals, free entry to the Wurlitzer concerts and members’ tours, as well as discounts on some selected Opera House shows for a year.

If you want to join then visit the website at www.wintergardenstrust.org.uk or contact the Town Hall and ask for Carl Carrington Heritage Officer.

Marjorie Nye

Winter Gardens Trust member

Newton Traveller site

Fighting on

Regarding the decision by Fylde Council to approve the traveller site in Newton (Gazette, December 19), this site has been approved subject to 13 largely unenforceable and uneconomic (to the applicant) conditions.

We all know what has happened here.

Fylde Council daren’t refuse the application despite concerns over flooding, sewerage discharge, lighting, noise, proximity to Grade II listed buildings, poor access etc, as if they do, the applicant will go to appeal and it will cost the council a lot of money to fight the appeal.

So instead they put the financial impact on to the residents of Newton to continue the fight.

Democracy in action or financial considerations taking precedence?

Norman Harris


A special time of year

For all kids

I have fond memories of Christmas as a child, and now that I have a family of my own this is still a very special time of year.

Unfortunately, for many children in the North West this Christmas will be tainted by stress and unhappiness.

Leading charity Action for Children has found that over 70 per cent of its frontline staff in Northern 
England have seen an increase in children and young people who need emotional support this year.

This is because of the impact of serious problems faced by their parents – such as poverty, alcohol dependency, domestic violence and family breakdowns.

I am deeply saddened by stories of children who know not to ask for presents this Christmas because “Santa doesn’t have pennies this year”, and of families who are struggling to buy food and heat their homes in the cold winter months.

During the festive season, we should all spare a thought for vulnerable families across the North West.

I will be donating to Action for Children’s Christmas appeal, and I hope that your readers will too.

The charity supports children, young people and their families at its services across the North West, and this vital work must continue.

To donate £5 to the appeal, text DONATE5 to 70080 or visit www.actionforchildren.org.uk/itsnottheirfault.

Merry Christmas.

Tina Hobley


Doing a wonderful job

Cared for me

I would like to thank all the staff at Care and Repair for the help they have given me over the years, especially over the last few months.

They do a wonderful job and nothing is too much trouble.

So thank you so much and keep up the good work.

Happy Christmas and New Year to you.

Mrs Walsh


OUr girls are funniest

Beats TV

I watched the Royal Variety show on television and thought it was a bit of a let down.

I went to Funny Girls (free on Tuesday) – great show, lots of routines including a few old favourites, and plenty of Christmas sparkle.

Ideal for a cold winter night.

Alan Ackroyd

New South Promenade