Letters - January 18, 2013

Neil Thomson - GrandTheatre manager
Neil Thomson - GrandTheatre manager
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LET’S hope a ‘click of a button’ won’t be the future of our Grand Theatre like buying music on line as opposed to HMV whos e closure was inevitable and their own doing.

Since Neil Thomson took over the role of general manager, The Grand has gone from strength to strength even though times are hard in a 
society where staying in is the new going out.

Neil successfully brought entertainment to the theatre knowing what our audiences want).

Theatre managers need to know their audiences and Neil certainly does so he will be a great loss. Hopefully his successor will follow in his footsteps with similar experience and local knowledge and let’s hope the powers that be won’t accept anything less.

So it’s ‘Goodbye’ to HMV, who unfortunately haven’t had the ability to know their audience, but a heartfelt chorus of ‘Best Wishes’ to Neil Thomson with many thanks for bringing to The Grand great entertainment, encouraging us to spend an evening at the theatre of which there is nothing to compare.

Clifford Chambers

Ashton Road


SATURDAY’S Gazette will never be the same again without Duke’s Diary.

Over the years I have had many a laugh at Robin Duke’s wit and writing about The Manager and lots of funny asides about a host of subjects. Will miss you Duke.


Pilling Crescent

Grange Park

AT least Carleton residents can still walk across Tithebarn Street railway bridge into Poulton town centre during rebuilding works over the next five months.

Just a pity that more than one selfish pet owner has already allowed their dog to foul this narrow pavement.

I saw a young mum try in vain to dodge several mounds of muck with her pushchair, but it still ended up all over the wheels.

There is absolutely no excuse for failing to clean-up after a pet,

This is especially when you consider the impact on others on this much-used stretch of pavement.



JON Rhodes is entitled to his opinion (The Gazette, January 12) that it’s acceptable to spend £700,000 on breakfasts for all primary school children, even though a good number have 
parents who run 
expensive cars and can afford satellite TV.

However, pensioners struggling to pay council tax and meet the growing cost of heating may well consider free breakfasts are a costly way of solving a problem created by a negligent minority.

I write as one who taught in two local primary schools in the 1960s, and have no recollection of pupils being undernourished. There were probably fewer 
irresponsible parents in those days.


Park Road, Blackpool