Letters - February 12, 2014

NOT APPROPRIATE? Mourners at the funeral of Harold Percival at Lytham Crematorium. One reader considers the cross on the side of the building to be 'unacceptable'. What do you think?
NOT APPROPRIATE? Mourners at the funeral of Harold Percival at Lytham Crematorium. One reader considers the cross on the side of the building to be 'unacceptable'. What do you think?
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Lytham Crematorium

No cross

I had reason to visit Lytham Crematorium recently and noticed there was a huge Christian cross attached to the exterior.

I would point out that a crematorium is not a religious building, but should be a civic amenity for the whole community whether Christian or not.

A permanent Christian symbol is unacceptable in an age when many people now opt for non-religious funerals and cremations.

Surely the answer is for a temporary cross inside the building that can be removed or covered over when necessary.



Membership of Europe

Better in

I read Roy Hopwood views (Politically Correct, February 5) article on the European Union (EU).

I found it biased and misleading on so many aspects of the EU.

I’m the first to admit the EU is not perfect and needs some reform, but Mr Hopwood’s view that everything in the garden will be rosy if we leave the EU is 
simply not true.

Our economic future is tied to our EU membership.

You may not believe me, but you have to listen to our nation’s business leaders including Sir Richard Branson who recently wrote an open letter detailing why we must remain a member of the EU.

Mr Hopwood states what we pay in to the EU but fails to mention the vast majority of this money comes back to the UK.

Let’s keep this local – our new tram system and our sea defence upgrade at South Shore were partially paid for by an EU funding grant.

I agree we are a net contributor to the EU but nothing like the amount Mr Hopwood

The greatest asset our membership of the EU gives us is guaranteed access to the Single Market.

This is vital for inward
investment in to the UK and billions of pounds of investments have come in to the UK thanks to the fact we are part of the Single Market.

Take for example Honda and Nissan who have built massive car plants here in the UK providing many thousands of jobs.

If we were to leave the EU the majority of this inward investment would stop, and these car plants could easily be moved to another EU country where their guaranteed access to the Single Market would be maintained.

We live in a global economy where business leaders will move if it suits them, and patriotism means nothing.

So many British people now live and work in other EU countries as they have the right to do.

Big business no longer respect borders and those who do are living in the past.

Kevan Benfold

Cornwall Avenue Blackpool

Member of the Liberal 

Thanks to pharmacist

Thank you

I would like to send my heartfelt thanks to David Kelly Pharmacist Practitioner at North Shore surgery for his care and attention to detail to the recent adjustments to my medication, which has improved my quality of life.

I would also like to thank Donna Fern for her kindness and consideration on my many visits to her clinic.

Finally thank you to all the staff at North Shore Surgery for ensuring a “visit to the doctors” is a pleasant experience as is possible for both me and my wife.

Name and address supplied

Trying to trace Uncle Jim

Can you help

My grand uncle Jim Jefferies had a boarding house in Blackpool during the Second World War.

As my late father recalls, he charged him and a colleague for a cup of tea.

Another member of the family recalls staying there after the war. Unfortunately no one 
remembers where in Blackpool.

No one knows if he had family either.

If you do not know anything could you point me in the right direction. I have tried the 
archives but they came up empty. We would be very grateful for any information.

Phil Jefferies


Carbon Monoxide warning

Get alarm

With severe weather on the horizon this week, families across the UK will likely take shelter from the cold indoors and turn their heating up – leaving them exposed to increased risk of carbon 
monoxide poisoning from faulty appliances.

The Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! campaign is imploring Brits to ensure they are protected from carbon monoxide poisoning by installing an audible carbon monoxide alarm in their homes.

According to the Department of Health, more than 40 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning each year, and thousands more are treated in hospital.

The only way to fully protect yourself and your family is to have an audible alarm.

They are widely available from any good DIY store and can cost less than £20.

Lawrence Slade

Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! campaign