Letters - May 10, 2013

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Protecting our gems

They need to trade

After reading with interest your front page story (Gazette, May 6) regarding protecting gems in the resort, I was surprised no mention was made of two other iconic buildings.

I refer to The Princess, now Sanuk, and The Odeon, now Funny Girls and the Flamingo, although the latter is already listed.

I understand if the council has its way and introduces the controversial EMRO (Early Morning Restriction Order), these places could close leaving not only them empty but probably the surrounding takeaways, hotels and businesses that feed off them.

What is the council’s intentions then? More car parks I guess!

This EMRO is an embarrassment to our town.

In the Morning Advertiser, their headline was ‘Even Monkeys Reject EMRO Outright’, referring to Hartlepool, one of the other councils which considered it.

In fact there is only them and Blackpool thinking about it. So now we are twinned with Hartlepool – Fabulous.

This is one of the most draconian pieces of licensing legislation to be put forward. It will result in many job losses in our town and be a massive blow to the tourism trade.

Who wants to come to a holiday destination and then be told – enjoy our night life but be in bed for 3am.

Welcome to Blackpool.

Will the last person turn the lights out, guess that’s at 

Jane Blake

Onslow Road



Nothing to fear

I do not know which hospital your writer Steve Canavan attended for his colonoscopy (Gazette, May 2).

But I had this procedure 
carried out at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and could not have been treated with more respect.

Of course, I was nervous, never having experienced anything like this before.

I was, however, put at my ease by everyone concerned, from the nurse who collected me from reception, the nurse who took me down to the theatre and the doctor and nurses carrying out the procedure.

Afterwards, I was looked after until I was ready to leave and appreciated everything that was done for me.

This procedure is only carried out if absolutely necessary for the well-being of the patient.

In my experience these patients have nothing to fear.

Alan Murden

Lowfield Road


Blackpool fans

Deserve an award

I was at the Bolton match on Saturday and left the ground reasonably happy with the result.

I then realised I had left my bag with phone, glasses etc and with all the crowd behind me I couldn’t get back in.

After the ground emptied the chief steward escorted me around the pitch to check my seat – my bag was gone!

On the way home with friends, someone remarked that on the ‘A View from the Tower’ fans website, there was a blog saying a bag had been found.

We quickly replied and the outcome was my bag with all my belongings was returned to my home on Monday.

Can you believe that?

It had been picked up by a Blackpool fan leaving the ground, and with a bit of detective work they found me to return it.

The club awards evening that The Gazette reported, missed one winner – the Blackpool fans.

They’re noisy, sing funny songs, are sometimes rude and are passionate about ‘the Mighty Pool’ – and they’re 
honest too!

A big thanks from me. I 
never got the chance to meet you – you know who you are.

George Holden


Our health service

Now sadly abused

After recently suffering a heart attack, I was privileged to be a guest of the Blackpool Victoria Hospital cardiac unit.

I could not have had better service in a five star hotel.

From cleaners, trolley dollies, nursing staff to surgeons.

My treatment was to say the least exemplary, on ward 37.

We must protect this great welfare care brought about by Nye Bevan and Clem Atlee.

After the Second World War, I was 10 years old, and I remember my father’s jubilation at being paid for his annual week’s holiday from the mill.

We had a welfare system the envy of the working class world.

Alas since its inception, it is now sadly abused by some people and governments.

Mr. K. Gooder

Clinton Avenue


Cleaning the beach

Rubble was left

It’s nice that volunteers from the town hall are willing to do their bit to keep our beach clean (Gazette, May 6).

But next to South Pier, they would be better equipped to bring wheel-barrows to deal with the rubble that has surfaced, which was left partly buried by the contractors when they built the outcrops and Spanish steps there.

There are stones, brick rubble and even well rusted metal parts there. There are currently two patches several yards across. I wonder how much more will surface over time.

Chris Wiseman

South Shore