Letters - December 6, 2012

The glass test for meningitis
The glass test for meningitis
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I read your article, ‘Make sure your little one has the jabs’ (Blackpool Gazette, December 3), with great interest.

It is vital that children receive all the relevant jabs against a range of serious and fatal diseases including meningitis.

Meningitis can strike with incredible speed and the symptoms are notoriously difficult to detect, often being confused with flu. For these reasons, we believe preventative measures are the best solution.

Our sole focus is to fund the development of vaccines against all forms of the disease. In the absence of vaccines, we distribute a range of materials to raise awareness of the common symptoms and need to act quickly, which can mean the difference between life and death.

If readers would like a free symptoms information pack, including wallet-sized symptoms cards, or for more advice on supporting our Search 4 a Vaccine Campaign, they can visit www.meningitisUK.org or call Meningitis UK on 0117 947 6320.


Chief Executive

Meningitis UK

Have readers seen the state of our new ‘wonder Promenade roadway’ lately? They are having to patch it with asphalt and the zebra crossing at Talbot Square is really sinking. Who on earth gave all this the original go-ahead? Do they still have a job at Blackpool Council? Perhaps the person responsible for this design should be dismissed and there’s a cost saving immediately. But then most of the savings will have to go on major repairs and not patching.


Melville Road, Blackpool

I ALWAYS read Robin Duke’s Diary column in Saturday’s 7days magazine and enjoy the content, none more so than that in the November 24 edition, which mentioned typewriters.

I am typing this on my Royal Portable which was given to me when I passed my first Pitman typing exam in 1934, when I was 14. As you can see it is still going strong – and the little ball goes ‘ting’ when I reach the end of the line. I retired in 1974, and fortunately for me that was before all this dreadful screen gazing came into being. I am trying to keep away from modern technology but it becomes more difficult as each day passes.


Warbreck Drive


I would like to thank all nurses, doctors and office staff for looking after my eyes for 61 years. Without all their wonderful care I don’t know what I would have done. They have all been so kind to me.


Meadow Park, Staining