Letters - July 3, 2013

St John's Square buses and taxis now allowed back in
St John's Square buses and taxis now allowed back in
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St John’s Square

Bus trials

Yet again I ask the question ‘Which planet is Blackpool Council on’?

On Saturday I went on the number 3 bus to the town centre.

I stood up as we approached Topping Street, expecting the bus to turn right, but we continued down into St John’s Square.

I told the driver I wasn’t expecting him to go that way and his reply left me speechless.

For two weeks, as an experiment, the buses are going through the square, to alleviate congestion around Talbot Gateway.

The first day of this experiment was Saturday, and what was special about this Saturday? It was Armed Forces Day!

There were hundreds of people enjoying the exhibits, meeting members of the forces, and generally having a wonderful time.

None of the crowd was expecting to see the buses driving through the pedestrian area, and the driver did a magnificent job, of going along at a snail’s pace.

He couldn’t sound his horn because as we all know, it is supposed to be for pedestrians only.

I thought this was all discussed at the time St John’s Square was finished.

The locals didn’t want the buses going through and cracking all the blocks that had just been laid.

What about the health and safety initiative? It will be a miracle if no-one is hurt during the two weeks.

Well done, Blackpool Council – this has not been thought out once again.

Geraldine Hayes

Winster Place


Convert books to braille

Help cause

Imagine what your life would be like if you were denied the right to read?

For my wife Judy and I, it would be simply intolerable.

Unfortunately, it’s a reality for the estimated 207,000 people living with sight loss in the North West who face a considerably limited choice of titles in formats they can access (there are almost two million people living with sight loss in the whole of the UK).

My wife Judy, who is a fellow book lover, has undergone four eye operations due a detached retina.

Although this has affected her sight, thankfully she’s still able to read the books she loves.

Currently, only seven per cent of all books are fully accessible to blind and partially sighted people and that’s why we’re supporting this year’s Read for RNIB Day on Friday October 11.

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) wants to change the story for people with sight loss by making many more books accessible.

It costs more than £4,000 to make one title in Braille, audio and giant print.

So, join us to celebrate the joy of reading and whether it’s a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, book sale or sponsored reading relay, every penny you raise will fund RNIB’s vital reading services.

To find out more, simply call 0845 345 0054 or visit www.readforrnib.org.uk.

Richard Madeley

RNIB Supporter

Regent cinema


Regarding the renovation of the Regent Cinema (Gazette, June 26), a few of us used to go there in the 1940s.

It was 10d to go in, and on Sundays we booked our seats which were one shilling for the front stalls.

The doorman was Arthur Coleman.

If we were a few coppers short, he used to say, go and see Olive in the paybox and tell her to let you in.

If you took a girl to the cinema, the worst seats were the middle of the back row downstairs as the toilets were behind you and every time the door opened, you got a strong whiff of urine.

Patrick Morris

Welland Close


Road priorities

Take care

In reply to Anne and Eddie Bewes (Letters, June 28), I am a car driver and motorcyclist myself and surely if drivers cannot see a motorcycle on the road how do they expect to see a cyclist or small child?

They would not pass the eyesight part of the driving test.

Instead of blaming the motorcyclist for their choice of clothing, drivers need to have more consideration for others on the road.

On a lighter note, we would like to praise how good a job has been made of The Tower headland and indeed the Tower itself.

But we were wondering when the scaffolding will be taken down?


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Editors Footnote: The scaffolding is due to be removed from the Tower in 2015.

Making friends at vets

Good place to meet!

I agree with Steve Canavan (Gazette, June 27), vet surgeries are a good place to meet people.

Apart from giving a first class treatment for pets, Vets4Pets in Cleveleys has a nice social side as well.

W. Collier

Hazelwood Close