Letters - July 28, 2015

St Annes Kite and Music Festival
St Annes Kite and Music Festival
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Thank you for safe road crossings

As a blind person and guide-dog owner I would personally like to thank the Blackpool Low Vision Committee for all their hard work and effort they put in, in persuading the powers to be to put in place safe crossings in Talbot Road outside Wilkinson’s.

I would also like to thank Councillor John Jones and Mr John Blackledge (Director of Community and Environment) for listening to the Low Vision Committee and the general public and then going ahead with installing the much needed three zebra-crossings.

It certainly has made a great difference to those people who use the area and has encouraged those who stopped going to the town centre to start visiting the area once more.

Well done everybody.

Let’s hope that Lancashire county councillors and Preston councillors take a leaf out of Blackpool’s book and put in place similar save crossing in their shared spaces.

Jim Bithell

Guide Dog owner

Lightburne Avenue

St Annes


Biggest and best kite festival ever

St Annes Kite Festival was surely the biggest and best ever!

Beneath a sky of glorious blue, our award-winning beach was the place to be as the kites of all shapes, sizes and indeed colours took to the sky in the sunshine as visitors flocked to our classic resort.

Cars were queueing along our promenade and our town shone as smiles on our visitors’ faces painted a perfect picture of family seaside fun.

An array of various stalls, bouncy castles, fairground rides and popular donkey rides welcomed visitors to this well established event which is ever growing from strength to strength.

I am so proud of our garden town by the sea.

Well done to all!

Andrew Noble

Derbe Road, St Annes


Share your tips on living with diabetes

We are calling on people who live in this area and are affected by diabetes to send us their practical top tips. We are gathering indispensable tips to create the first ever book for people living with diabetes, written by people with diabetes. It is called ‘100 things I wish I’d known about living with diabetes’ and will be a free book for anyone affected by the condition.

Whether living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, or living with someone who does, there will be everyday hurdles that people living with the condition are best placed to offer tips around overcoming. I therefore hope that your readers who either live with diabetes or know someone who does, may be willing to share us a top tip with us. There are a wide range of topics this tip might be on such as: travelling and holidays; driving; sex and relationships; diet and fitness; school or work; or family – including raising children with Type 1 diabetes.

We ask that tips are kept short – to one or two sentences, and that they offer helpful everyday solutions as opposed to medical advice.

If someone’s tip gets used in the book, their name will not only be published in the book but their name and tip could also be used to promote the book on TV, in newspapers, online and in other marketing materials. So it’s important that anyone who submits a tip is sure they are happy for their first name to be used in this way.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of project that will see the first ever book written by people with diabetes for people with diabetes, to help everyone with the condition to live well.

People are invited to share their top tips with Diabetes UK by completing the online form at www.diabetes.org.uk/top-tips, by 7 August.

Jill Steaton

Diabetes UK Midlands Regional Manager


Let’s reignite the Paralympic flame

What a treat to see Team GB’s paralympians such as Hannah Cockroft and David Weir competing once more in the Olympic Stadium on National Paralympic Day. It took me right back to the incredible euphoria of the London 2012 Games.

But three years on, has the Paralympic legacy survived? I work for the charity Revitalise – we run the Sandpipers centre in Southport, which provides respite holidays for disabled people and carers. We did a survey of our guests directly after the 2012 Paralympics and over half told us that they didn’t think the public had a better understanding of the lives of disabled people as a result of the Games. I dread to think what they might say now!

Disabled people have enormous potential. They want to play a part in society, to make a contribution, but all too often they are held back by the negative attitudes of society itself.

The 2012 Paralympics did an enormous amount of good, but until we start thinking in terms of what disabled people can do, not what they can’t, there is little prospect of any lasting change. That’s why events like the Anniversary Games are so important, because they remind us of something that is so often hidden from view.

So I’d like to ask your readers to help us reignite the Paralympic flame. Please join us in calling for a society where disabled people have the same opportunities to pursue their dreams and make a meaningful contribution to their communities as everybody else.

For more information about our vital work or to support Revitalise, visit www.revitalise.org.uk or call 0303 303 0147.

Colin Brook