HAVING read your article on Rossall beach hockey (Gazette March 8), I would like to add my memories of this game.
I attended Arnold high school and in the 1950s a group of the hockey team who lived in the Norbreck area, would during the Easter holidays arrange hockey matches on the beach opposite Norbreck Hydro (now Norbreck Castle).
It was very informal with hardly any rules, which for us AHS girls, was a welcome relief from a very strict regime at school.
I even remember the Aston Villa team who were training at Norbreck Hydro, coming down and taking part, how times have changed!
Afterwards we went for a swim in the Norbreck pool, only to meet the Manchester United team, the Busby Babes, who very soon after were tragically killed in the Munich disaster.
I still meet up with AHS friends every year and share memories.
I WOULD like to congratulate Wyre Council once again on an excellent balanced budget and giving us value for money.
Wyre has some fantastic future projects including exciting programmes in the leisure industry and coastal plans.
There will be more value for money by situating the tourist information bureau in The Marine Hall creating more savings.
I was dismayed to hear the Labour leader Penny Martin’s alternative budget which included sticking a plaster over our leisure centres, instead of bringing our leisure services into the 21st century.
The new services will enhance health and wellbeing. The public consultation proved that is what residents want.
The plan at Thornton will promote family activities with the proposed bowling alley and skate park.
COUN ANDREA KAY,
Lead member for Shaping your Neighbourhood,
THE replacement of Primary Care Trusts with new Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) like NHS Blackpool CCG and NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG, is an important development in ensuring healthcare budgets are allocated locally.
However, improving patient care is exceptionally difficult when budgets are being harshly reduced.
NHS cuts are sadly a fact of life and CCGs must try to make annual cost savings of four per cent without compromising patient care.
While we all need to challenge government to protect the NHS for the future, medical professionals must act now to ensure patients get the treatment they need and hospitals get the necessary funds.
In keeping with their new role, CCGs can use innovative means of funding the care their patients require.
For example, in many instances the cost of a trauma victim’s rehabilitative care can, and indeed should, be recovered from the insurers of the at-fault party.
‘Injury cost recovery’, as it is often described, is well known to many medical professionals, but the scope of the injuries for which the NHS can recoup costs for reinvestment in patient care, is much greater than many realise.
Less well known is the Rehabilitation Code which facilitates access to treatment, for a number of conditions ranging from frozen shoulder to occupational diseases and respiratory illnesses.
When budgets are tighter than ever, the new Clinical Commissioning Groups must explore every opportunity to get the right treatment for patients.
Slater & Gordon LLP,
SINCE Christmas we have been looking after four male cats who are a range of colours - all black, white and grey, ginger and multi-coloured.
They have been well fed and housed but this cannot continue as there are fights.
If you have lost a male cat, please give me a call and hopefully we have your lovely boy waiting for you.
Rainbow Bridge Sanctuary,
MR Milner’s suggestion that Reginald Dixon, Blackpool Tower’s organist for 40 years should be honoured, is very admirable (Letters March 6).
He played in the afternoons and evenings in the beautiful ballroom, which was packed with hundreds of people, including me and other young people from Wrea Green and other Lancashire villages, as well as huge numbers of visitors.
We would hear the sound of the organ as it rose up from below the dance floor with Reginald playing.
My uncle, Alderman Alfred Salisbury, and his daughter Dorothy, were Mayor and Mayoress in 1949-50.
I was on holiday with Uncle Alfie and Dorothy in 1948. We had been in a caravan for five days in incessant rain.
On the fifth day we switched on the radio and Reginald Dixon was playing I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside.
“I am going home”, Alfie said, and 15 minutes later he had gone.