Letters - January 9, 2014

Blackpool Tower Ballroom
Blackpool Tower Ballroom
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Entertainment was tops


We booked our tickets for the ball in Blackpool Tower on New Year’s Eve for our anniversary.

We have been going to Blackpool for the last
30 years on New Year’s

This year we would like to thank the management as usual but this year they excelled with the best entertainment in all the years that we have attended the ball.

The entertainment was first class as usual with Phil Kelsall and Chris Hopkins but this year the band and its singers Nigel Taylor and the brilliant Lynn Fox who sounded just like Peggy Lee were just fantastic.

The orchestra was led by David Windell who used to play the Wurlitzer in the ballroom – is there no end to his talents?

He led the band with great expertise and it would be great to see the orchestra regularly in The Tower as David has such expertise with dance 

Nigel Taylor and Lynn Fox equally did a wonderful job in leading the vocals.

The band was equally as good as the Strictly Come Dancing that is seen on television.

With Phil Kelsall and Chris Hopkins the evening was a wonderful reflection of a great management at The Tower.

The only let down was the dreadful food platter.

This needs a shake up and perhaps a glass of Champagne would be order of the day.

The management have got the entertainment right but the food is still requiring tweaking.

Our wedding anniversary was a wonderful night thanks to Blackpool Tower

Dorothy and Bill Storey

St Annes

Robbed by ‘fat cats’

Take action

Most evenings in The Gazette, reports of cuts to services are carried.

Of late, there has been some acknowledgement by politicians that there are problems but tackling them appears to be further from their minds than ever.

Debts are on the increase, jobs scarcer and life is getting tougher for young people.

The free market and failed policies of the political parties have undermined future generations entering, or trying to enter, the work force and little hope of future prosperity.

Short term British democracy, eye-watering debts, part-time and short-term contract jobs, unaffordable and unsuitable homes piling up problems for tomorrow.

Long term policies no longer exist.

The under-35s will have to pay for the disasters of P.F.I. (private finance initiative), a hand-to-mouth state pension close to collapse, a generation already ruined by successive governments who have sold off our collective inheritance and legacies.

‘Britain is broke’ is wearing a bit thin now, especially with 3,000 bankers earning more than a million pounds a year, and our great and good bosses sitting on a 500 billion mountain of spare cash while refusing to invest.

It’s time we all realised that poverty is increasing because we are being robbed blind by profit hungry corporations and fat cats who avoid paying tax on a massive scale.

So if you want a better deal, we are going to have to start fighting more vigorously for it.

Teachers, lecturers, post workers, firefighters, ambulance and prison staff have begun to take action, right now, in support of their jobs, pay and pensions, and conditions.

They need and deserve our active support in the weeks and months to come.

Royston Jones

Beryl Avenue


No loo awards for us


Last year The Gazette told about the awards given for excellent, clean and well kept toilets up and down our region.

This week, again, a reward was presented for some fancy toilet.

Of course, it doesn’t mention Blackpool. We can’t be considered for this because we don’t have toilets! Never mind fancy ones!

So what’s happening about the supposed planning permission which was almost promised for the toilets on the Central Promenade (Gazette October 16)?

I think they just forget us, year after year.

C. Victor De-Nagy

Gill Court


Join daffodil appeal

Fund nurses

I am appealing for people to volunteer for Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Great Daffodil Appeal, and help people with a terminal illness in Lancashire get the care they need.

Although the appeal doesn’t take place until March, plans for collecting donations are already underway.

We’re looking for people who can donate an hour of their time this March to hand out the charity’s iconic daffodil pin in return for donations.

Marie Curie nurses, like me, provide free care for terminally ill people in their own homes as well as emotional support to their families.

To join our local team of volunteer collectors call Marie Curie Cancer Care now on 01254 855041 or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil.

Eileen Cardwell

Marie Curie Nurse