Letters - July 24, 2013

A hand has now been smashed off the Charlie Cairoli statue in Stanley Park Rose Garden.
A hand has now been smashed off the Charlie Cairoli statue in Stanley Park Rose Garden.
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Multiple Sclerosis


I am writing on behalf of the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Branch of the MS Society.

Multiple Sclerosis


I am writing on behalf of the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Branch of the MS Society.

Our intention is to raise awareness of the difficulties encountered by those living with Multiple Sclerosis, and of the effects it has on families and friends.

We provide advice, support and information, and also raise funds for the society’s branch which are used to help local people in the form of grants for respite holidays, home and car adaptations, or for mobility aids such as wheelchairs and electric scooters.

This year sees the return of our Tower to Windmill Wheel and Walk, which has been postponed since 2010 due to the Promenade improvements.

The event raises awareness and much needed funds as locals are sponsored to travel from Blackpool Tower to Lytham Windmill either by walking, cycling, or by using wheelchairs or electric scooters.

As the MS Society celebrates its 60th anniversary, and as the Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde Branch enters its 50th year, we are seeking sponsors to ensure this year’s Wheel and Walk is bigger and better than ever.

It is our intention to secure sponsorship which would fund a fundraiser’s kit, which would contain items such as a T-shirt, wristband, pen, key ring, bottle of water, energy bar, and voucher for a 
light meal upon completion 
of the route.

It is envisaged a small entry fee will be charged for those taking part, which will enable those who do not wish to seek sponsorship to take part in the event whilst still raising funds.

Anyone who would like any further information, or feels they would be able to help, please do not hesitate to contact the branch on our freephone number 0800 389 1204.

Many thanks for your support, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Melinda Jones


M.S. Society Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Branch

Charlie Cairoli

Good move

I am delighted Merlin has realised the only place for a statue of one of the greatest clowns in the world and a true ambassador for Blackpool, Charlie Cairoli, is The Tower building.

I first approached Merlin two years ago and offered them this statue but was told it didn’t fit with their refurbishment plans .

Stanley Park remained the only other option, however I was disappointed that it was to be so exposed in the Rose Garden setting and subsequent vandalism confirmed my fears.

I have been in contact and dialogue with the artist Brian Nicholson who created the statue for over two years trying to find a suitable home for his very generous gift to the town.

We even looked at North Pier but felt this was not suitable.

Merlin should treasure the history they have inherited and Charlie can certainly claim to be a big part of the heritage of the Tower Buildings and Circus.

I am sure that in spirit he will be delighted at being ‘back home’.

A big thank you to everyone who supported the campaign to get Charlie back in the Tower where he belongs.

Coun Tony Williams


War poets research

Circus link

I am researching women who wrote poetry and ‘inspirational’ women of the First World War for a series of exhibitions in the centenary years.

Looking at the story about the Charlie Cairoli statue (Gazette, July 22) I wonder whether any of your readers know what our circus stars did during the Second World War?

I know that one worked for the British Secret Service and another joined the newly-created Royal Tank Corps.

I would be happy to hear from anyone who could enlighten me via my weblogs www.femalewarpoets.blogspot.co.uk or www.inspriationalwomenofww1.blogspot.co.uk

And while on the subject of the Charlie Cairoli statue, could there not be an appeal to have a bronze statue on the Promenade in Blackpool?

After all there was a successful appeal to have a statue of Les Dawson a few years back.

Lucy London

Watson Road


Protecting our assets

Make checks

I am concerned that commerce today seems to be increasingly about “what you can away with”.

With reductions in the civil service, and almost everyone who is in a responsible post stressed out and often doing the work of two people, there is sometimes no time to chase entrepreneurs to ensure they are acting legally, and within recommended industry best practice.

Yes, infrastructure projects are incredibly expensive, so apparently we must put up with ageing sewers.

Does that mean that we should let companies like Cuadrilla, and Halite carry out projects that will damage this infrastructure further?

Perhaps, providing they have sufficient public liability insurance in place to rebuild these assets if they damage them.

We need to go through these with a fine toothcomb before we let work commence.

Anna Thinn

Marton, Blackpool.