Letters - February 27, 2015

Football tournament in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom
Football tournament in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom
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Fears for floor


On reading the article about five-a-side football being played in the Tower Ballroom (Gazette, February 21), I was disgusted.

The ballroom is a beautiful place which should be kept for ballroom dancing only.

I have been going in there for almost 50 years and loved to dance there.

In January the ballroom was cleaned and the floor was polished.

Playing football on it will spoil it for dancing.

Surely there is somewhere else this event can be played?

Things have changed in the Tower Ballroom over the last three or four years and I think it has gone worse, not better.

Why do they not return to the policy of one admission price for The Tower? It is too expensive to pay to go into separate parts.

The ballroom used to be full every day, but not any more.

Why not open it at night time and bring back the bands and organ?

Mrs Pat Meakin

Grasmere Road


Girls ‘indoctrinated’


In regard to the three Muslim girls who have gone to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State, the rhetoric of choices they have made is powerful at the moment.

I feel they haven’t made adult choices – they are confused teenagers who are struggling with their own identities after being indoctrinated by these sites on the social media.

They didn’t have the capacity to truly understand – they don’t have the life experience.

The ‘road to self-destruction’ they have taken is a tragedy – there will be no going back when reality dawns.

This point should generate some compassion.

I feel tremendous sadness for the cultural shame and moral outrage their parents will suffer from some quarters – surely nothing can ever mend their ‘loss’.

I save my anger towards the people and organisations who run and profit from these social media sites.

Surely someone has the responsibility to vet their content? If not why?

They have played a major part in this tragedy unfolding and yet they seem to evade any sort of punishment.

If we are looking for blame, blame them.

Rita Mackenzie

By email

Fracking not the answer


Further to your article about the pro-fracking demonstration in Blackpool (Gazette, February 23), the membership of the combined groups of Frack Free Lancashire respect the right of the Blackpool Fracking for a Better Future group to hold contrary views to ours on fracking.

However, we note that they have not looked at the safety issues because they have assumed that there is a robust regulatory regime.

We have looked in great detail at the proposals and identified from Cuadrilla’s own data that full exploitation of the shale gas under the Fylde could supply total UK demand for less than five years (not the 50 years that industry sound bites in the media have suggested).

And to do so would require the drilling of 4,000 wells which would consume more than 50 million tonnes of water and produce more than 15 million tonnes of hazardous waste.

The Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering have produced a list of 10 safety requirements for fracking.

To our knowledge the Government has adopted only one of the RS and RAE recommendations so far.

We also believe that Cuadrilla’s estimate of the jobs to be provided by fracking vastly over-estimates the number that will be available for local people.

We deplore the level of deprivation in Blackpool, but it has complex underlying causes which need to be addressed at the highest levels of Government, not from some pious hope of a few jobs from fracking. If the Blackpool Fracking for a Better Future group is genuinely independent and not an industry stooge, we would welcome a constructive debate when they have done their homework on what fracking would really mean for the Fylde.

The combined membership of Frack Free Lancashire

By email

American health care
Not all pay 
Jack Croysdill is inaccurate in claiming millions of Americans are deprived of healthcare because of poverty (Your Say, February 19).

It is only wealthy patients in America who pay for medical care and hospitalisation, while poor folk are allowed free medical care at all times.

Because of fragmented NHS hospital management, the coalition government needed to bring in agency care on an urgent basis.


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