Letters - January 17, 2014

Junior reporters try out the new Thrill-O-Matic ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.  Pictured are Jamie McEwan and Shueb Azad from Thames Primary School and Sophie Fox and Sarah Fox from Waterloo Primary School.
Junior reporters try out the new Thrill-O-Matic ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Pictured are Jamie McEwan and Shueb Azad from Thames Primary School and Sophie Fox and Sarah Fox from Waterloo Primary School.
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Fun park charges

Some just watch

Over the years since the sad passing of Geoffrey Thompson and his mother, the running of Blackpool Pleasure Beach has been in the hands of Amanda Thompson, yes naturally, I suppose, as the senior family member remaining.

Amanda Thompson is known world wide for her amazing skills and talents with regard to ice shows and spectacular events, there is no-one better.

Sadly, and it should be blatantly obvious to everyone responsible for the running of the Pleasure Beach, there is a serious problem and has been for these last three plus years.

The accounts prove it without any doubt with losses being recorded year after year.

Can they not see what they’ve been doing wrong? Do they not listen to the visitors?

The simple fact is the admission charges and the structure of charges are totally wrong and do nothing other than turn people away from South Shore.

The number of people we know who come to visit Blackpool who will simply no longer go to the Pleasure Beach. Parents and grand-parents who rather than use the rides themselves would love to watch their off spring and siblings in some cases, but are not able to do so when they are faced with big admission charges just to watch.

This has been made worse in recent times by the employment of security staff to check visitors’ bags for food, drinks and refreshments, then be charged to keep them in storage until the owners want to leave the park.

In this time of austerity, the directors should surely come up with a far more sensible deal?

I’m also sure most visitors/watchers, in particular, would pay a fair entry price of say £2 or £2.50 to simply accompany their family and watch them on the various rides.

Jeff Walker


Call to bring back the birch

How do we punish?

The photograph of Mike Earnshaw’s injuries (January 11), sustained while trying to stop two thugs from vandalising Anchorsholme Park, is truly appalling.

It is striking how things have changed from one extreme to the other, since the 1960s and before.

One stern look from our parent, or a sharp slap on the calf, would have us feeling ashamed at our misdemeanour. Not any more! The hard-core thugs who ruins our lives aren’t afraid of anything or anyone, and will continue to vent their evil ways on society, unless something is in place to stop them.

Not only is the park destroyed and no longer as it was for people to enjoy, but also the financial cost to rectify it comes out of our council tax money, so everyone is the poorer.

A deterrent is needed which will strike fear at the very heart of thugs, and make them think twice before they indulge in wrecking other people’s lives and property. They have to learn that society is toughening up, and will not tolerate such despicable behaviour.

The solution? Bring back the birch! This is the answer, and before the do-gooders jump up and down regarding the thugs’ human rights, what about our human rights, as decent people, to enjoy what our hard-earned taxes have supplied. Enough is enough.

Name and address 

Spotlight on the past

That’s my home!

The 1950 view from the Bispham landing window of Mr and Mrs Hobbs in Memory Lane was of particular interest to me. From 1945 to 1964, I lived at the farm shown in the distance right centre of the published picture. This was Ingthorpe Grange ( Pye’s Farm).

We left the farm when I was 19 and I lived in Bispham until I was 20 and for me that article was the highlight of the week.

Tom Pye


Footnote: Don’t miss Memory Lane every Saturday and Tuesday, you might even see your old home in the picture

Where to build more houses

Let’s have answers

I am responding to the letter of Coun Penny Martin which, yet again, raises more questions than it answers.

She says Wyre needs more houses but does not say where she wants them and the logic of her argument would suggest that she somehow thinks that the owners of the Norcross site can somehow pick up their site and move it to another part of the borough.

By implication she suggests that the people whose jobs have been transferred from Norcross to Warbreck are all Thornton residents but that seems highly unlikely.

What Coun Martin can’t and doesn’t deny is that at the Wyre Council budget meeting last March she and her Labour colleagues voted against investment in Wyre Leisure Centres and instead proposed that funding should be used to build council estates.

However she seems reluctant to say where those houses would be built and only this week Labour nationally have promised more council house building.

So Coun Martin I make this promise: I won’t raise the issue again if you will do what you should do and tell residents on what sites you want to build these council houses built.

If you don’t say then you can’t complain if people speculate that it is the council owned land at Bourne Way.

Coun Peter Gibson

Wyre Council leader