CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY SITE
I agree with the comments made by Mike Coyle concerning the memorial to the fallen who were involved with the Co-Operative Society in Blackpool (Gazette March 11).
This memorial is part of Blackpool’s history and it should be conserved for future generations.
It is likely that the site of the memorial could be redeveloped so we must ensure it is re sited in Blackpool.
Perhaps it could be relocated to either Stanley Park or possibly in the grounds of the Cenotaph on the Promenade.
What ever happens it must be preserved.
Barry S. Birch
RINGING IN THE MEMORIES
The story about the church bells being restored at All Hallows Church, Bispham, (Gazette March 6) brought back memories for me.
I lived on North Drive and remember Ena Sharples living round the corner from the church. She used to go there.
I had a few chats with her and she was very disappointed when after she had bought her bungalow, they built the college and it spoilt her view of the bells.
I used to sit in my garden at North Drive and listen to them.
Mrs M. Riding
IMPACT OF DEPRIVATION
Some of the social deprivation problems that Blackpool suffers today originate back to the loss of the industrial stronghold north of England in the 1980s.
Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government destroyed many of the northern towns.
Whole communities suffered with the infamous pit closures and in some cases 30 years on those towns still feel the sense of injustice and scars of deprivation.
We now have a generation and beyond who have adopted a ‘Jeremy Kyle Show’ type culture as normality .
Some children and parents from disadvantaged backgrounds have never worked and their employment prospects in reality are pretty bleak.
Blackpool’s tourist economy once thrived on industrial workers from the mining, steel and cotton industries.
These were hard working ‘salt of the earth’ people who had difficult and dangerous jobs yet enjoyed their humble annual holidays in resorts like Blackpool.
Northern towns and cities which suffer high levels of unemployment, does have its knock on effect for todays tourism in attracting younger generations .
Instead of Blackpool enjoying visitors from industrial working communities, the resort inherits an influx of unemployed transient families who are down on their heels looking for change of scenery.
I hope the surviving political figures and associates of ‘Thatcherism’ recognise some of the mistakes that were made in the 1980s, which evidently impoverished some of the northern towns and enriched shareholders of several private companies.
With the Official Secrets Act of 1989 surpassing its 25 year period, it is fair to assume several other revelations will surface in the foreseeable which may cause some unrest or uncomfortable reading for several members of Parliament today.
ADVICE ON BUYING A PUPPY
Naturewatch Foundation is an organisation that works tirelessly for the advancement of animal welfare and one of their projects is to end puppy farming.
Puppy farming is not only an animal welfare matter but also and environmental concern as illegal dog waste disposal has a potential to spread disease to wildlife and farm animals.
They want to inform as many people as possible about how to be sure you’re buying a puppy from a responsible breeder as the public has a significant role to play in ending this cruel industry. Here are their guidelines:-
Always make sure you see your puppy and his/her litter litter-mates interacting with their genuine mum in their caring home environment.
Visit your puppy in their home at least twice before you take it home.
Ensure your puppy has been well socialised and mum is in good physical and mental health.
See proof of vet health testing and vaccinations and ask for a puppy contract.
Only take your puppy home when it is at least eight weeks old.
Naturewatch recommended you do not buy a puppy from a pet shop, garden centre or from someone who wants to deliver it to your home or meet you somewhere.
Be very wary of online and public notice advertisement.