Letters - June 27, 2014

MANY THANKS Ethel Dobbins has thanked all the volunteers who helped her win the British Empire Medal
MANY THANKS Ethel Dobbins has thanked all the volunteers who helped her win the British Empire Medal
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British empire medal

Thank you

May I express my very sincere thanks to you and to all those people who have made my award (the British Empire Medal for commitment to community services) from the Queen a reality.

These awards, I feel, are very much a recognition from government of the extensive work undertaken by the voluntary structure of our community, from young to senior.

I therefore feel that this award very much belongs to the volunteers, without whose help I would have achieved nothing.

Congratulations to you and thank you.

Ms Ethel Dobbins

Northumberland Avenue


Try Nigel’s place

So polite

We have just spent a week in Blackpool in a nicely-run B&B in Palatine Road.

The guest house has been run by a middle aged couple for almost 30 years, myself and my friend cannot fault them, because we have used them five times in the last six years, we did not come last year.

While we were in Blackpool on our travels including the sea front, we decided to try the Harlequin Cafe, run by Nigel Lloyd, who is a qualified chef after gaining a lot of experience in the hotel trade. What caught our eyes was the price of the meals, snacks and sandwiches. We used his cafe on four occasions, the meals were hot and the portions were excellent for the amount you pay.

Nigel was also polite and the cafe was spotless, so if anybody lives nearby either in flats or holidaymakers in B&B, please give this cafe a go, as I rate him 10 out of 10.

Andrew Gibbon


Cake sale support


Blackpool RMA (MAGS) mothers, wives and grandmothers of retired and serving personnel, would like to say thank you to everyone and the management and staff of the Hounds Hill Centre, for supporting us on our cake bake sale on Saturday, June 21.

We were raising funds for the Royal Marines Benevolent Fund, and Help for Heroes.

To raise nearly £500 was fantastic. A big thank you also to everyone who baked for us, everything was sold.



Blackpool MAGS

Fighting heart disease


I am writing to ask readers to donate any unwanted household items to BHF (British Heart Foundation)furniture and electrical stores in the North West.

The North West furniture and electrical stores are treasure chests, full of bargains, and the profits raised help fund the BHF’s life-saving research to fight heart disease.

We are always looking for donations, so if you’re thinking of revamping your home, please donate any unwanted items.

Carol Smillie

TV Presenter

Concerts what we need

Great gig

Well done to Cuffe and Taylor for bringing Rod Stewart to Blackpool.

Can you imagine if this had been the Switch-On event – wow! This is exactly what this town needs and more of it.

It’s about time the council got its head out of the sand and started taking notice of what a real event can do for Blackpool. This concert must have brought thousands of pounds into the local economy. It also proves what an excellent venue the football ground is.

National and international promoters, managers and fixers please take note Blackpool is the place to stage major concerts although you will need to deal with independent local promoters to ensure a professional and celebration event not the current local council.

Well done to all concerned and thanks to Mr Stewart.

Come on Prince, we know you are out there!

Coun Tony Williams

Leader of the Conservative Group Blackpool Council

Switched off by cinema

Lights on

I went to the Odeon, Blackpool, to see the live broadcast of Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 2.

We paid more than £14 each for tickets. When the show started, the lights were left full on in the cinema, so I went out into the foyer to ask them to turn them off. They did this.

After the interval, when the play’s second half started , they again left the full house lights on, so again I had to leave the cinema to find someone who could get the lights turned off.

Having paid premium prices for the evening, is this incompetence really necessary?

Can we not rely on a cinema to offer a fully joined up service, or were they just 
too busy selling dustbins 
full of popcorn to the foyer diners?

When I go to the cinema I don’t expect to have to do the staff’s work for them, unless of course, if they pay me.

G.B. Mooney

Wolverton Avenue