Letters - May 25, 2012

Remembrance Day ceremony at Blackpool cenotaph. Members of the armed forces line up to honour their fallen colleagues.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
Remembrance Day ceremony at Blackpool cenotaph. Members of the armed forces line up to honour their fallen colleagues. PIC BY ROB LOCK
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THE ex-service community needs you – are you the person we are looking for?

As a volunteer caseworker, you would visit clients to support them, and assist in obtaining funds needed for their requirements.

Full training is given to all volunteers, following an enhanced CRB check. Out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed.

We are also looking for people with fund-raising skills and ideas.

To join SSAFA Forces Help you do not need to have a forces background – just a willingness to help people. Just a few hours of your time could make a huge difference to the lives of those less fortunate.

In Lancashire, almost one in six people are eligible to ask for assistance from us.

Ring 01772 260462 or email lancashire@ssafa.org.uk for more details and an application form.

Prospective clients can also reach us on these numbers.


Lancashire Branch Secretary

Fulwood Barracks

AT a meeting of Fylde Council on Thursday, a long-awaited report on fracking in the Fylde was presented.

One of the main items in that report was the much-publicised recommendation of the appointment of a shale gas tsar to oversee fracking regulations.

However, there was little evidence at the meeting of long-term thinking here, as there were no details of how such a person might be appointed; of how the post of tsar might evolve over time, and accrue to itself transparency and power, and, more worryingly, of which body might regulate such a tsar.

The shale gas tsar is, in my opinion, nothing more than a gimmick, added on to the report as a quick-fix sop to quieten anxious local people.



LAST Friday afternoon, in the market square in Poulton, a chap was selling Blackpool FC scarves etc, which he had arranged neatly around the flower bed.

He was not causing any nuisance or annoyance. On the contrary, he was adding to the excitement we were all feeling prior to our trip to Wembley, to watch the Championship play-off final.

His only “crime” presumably was to be trading there – possibly without a licence.

Needless to say, one of Poulton’s finest was issuing him with a summons. The chap wasn’t committing burglaries – he was merely trying to make a few pounds for himself. Those of us watching were annoyed at the police officer’s lack of discretion, or maybe he was a Preston North End fan!

I hope the powers that be will show some common sense and tear up the summons.


WHETHER it is local or national politics, I am bewildered anyone can take any of it seriously.

In my life, I have come across numerous politicians at all levels, and one thing they all have in common is they are woefully out of touch with real life.

That, and the fact that one party spends most of its time blaming the other, means this country proceeds to go downhill instead of moving on.



I WAS pleased to read that Armed Forces Week is to continue in the town (Gazette, May 22).

Carrying on the good work of Coun Jim Houldsworth, who sadly died earlier this year, will be a lasting tribute to him.

Coun Houldsworth put everything into this event, which is now a firm favourite on Blackpool’s annual calender.

I wish every success to the new steering group, and I am sure the celebrations will be as memorable as ever.