With the passing of blues legend BB King, and in the words of one of his songs, The Thrill Is Gone.
But at least those of us lucky enough to have seen his appearance at Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom, in July 1992, have the memory to treasure.
He was among several legends of 20th century music appearing at the first, and last, Blackpool International Jazz Festival that month – Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Grover Washington, Ronnie Scott, George Melly, Georgie Fame, Kenny Baker, Don Lusher, Roberta Flack, even Cab Calloway.
The latter, a band leader from Harlem’s Cotton Club days, was making one of his last public appearances, aged 85. And he – and Nina Simone for that matter – probably played to some of the smallest audiences of their careers.
The festival organisers may have lost a fortune but if it’s any consolation you can’t put a price on seeing such luminaries on your doorstep.
BB King himself was already 66 back then but played with all the ease and economy of performance that made him such a towering genius.
For an hour or two we were Riding With The King!
Monday’s article about dementia in The Gazette serves to highlight the opportunity and responsibility we all have to enable people in our community to live well with dementia.
Living well with dementia is possible, especially where that aspiration is supported by communities that have an understanding of dementia thanks to initiatives which raise public awareness like Dementia Friends.
It is also about giving people the opportunity to engage in activities and experiences that enhance their quality of life.
We are pleased to have been able to showcase some of those activities across the area in Dementia Awareness Week.
Of particular note is this Friday’s ‘Dancing with Dementia’ tea dance at the Tower Ballroom, which is run by Blackpool Council, which should be great and our staff will be there with an awareness stand to field any questions on dementia.
It will be of no surprise to learn the Alzheimer’s Society puts such an emphasis on initiatives that enable people with dementia to live well within vibrant communities like Blackpool such as individual support, Singing for the Brain groups and Dementia Cafes.
But we want to do lots more to meet the needs of local people by working collaboratively with our public, private and voluntary sector colleagues and not least the local community to ensure that people can and do live well with dementia.
Anyone who wants to contact the Alzheimer’s Society or wants information about Dementia Friends should call our Blackpool office on 01253 696 854 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Operations Manager – Cumbria and Lancashire
The fee for the annual fishing permit at fishing Stanley Park Lake has been increased by £10 for both adults and senior citizens.
The increase equates to a whopping 20 per cent increase for adults, (£50 to £60) and a massive 25 per cent increase for senior citizens, ( £40 to £50). which is totally unfair and wrong.
These increases are unacceptable, especially the discriminative increase for senior citizens.
What I would like to see is free fishing for senior citizens.
This would attract a mature presence to the park and help alleviate vandalism.
Whilst doing my weekly shopping recently in the supermarket, the occasion was blighted by a toddler, sat in a trolley, with the grandma pushing it.
The toddler was constantly screaming, and for the whole of 30 minutes, everyone had to put up with the irritating noise.
Probably, the child had learned that it could get what it wanted from mum by screaming, so was adopting the same tactic with Grandma who, fortunately, didn’t seem to give in to their demands –hence the continued screaming. When I was young mother only had to give me a disapproving look, for me to know I’d overstepped the boundary!
Bringing up children is the hardest job in the world.
If you discipline a child and couple this with lots of love, you give it security and the child can learn the boundaries of what is and what is not acceptable behaviour.
It learns that its parents love it enough to teach it good manners, in preparation for the outside world that it will eventually join as an adult, respecting not only itself but also everyone else as well.
Good manners mean consideration for other people, and a well trained child will grow into a happy, caring and well-adjusted adult.
Mrs J Geddes