SATURDAY night saw my pride in my involvement with the Blackpool Scouts nearly reach bursting point.
There were 120 on the front stage, from Beavers to those more mature members who have given 40 years of continuous involvement to the Blackpool Gang Show.
Back stage were the leaders acting as dressers – the ones who, night after night, stitch and come up with the fantastic costumes, others making drinks, selling raffle tickets and doing whatever is needed.
This fantastic show is, of course, not produced in a week.
For months, parents drop off children for rehearsals, and then it all comes together and we are entranced by the talent on show. Talent that would be a credit to London.
Thank you to the Guides (part of the show year in, year out), to our musicians (brilliant), and, though it would be unfair to single out anyone, – to the little ones.
After such a hectic week, they must have been so tired, and remember they still had their lessons at school.
They were a joy and surely are all stars of the future.
COUN LILY HENDERSON
St Annes Road
IN the North West, 1,251 people have died from asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma between 2004 and 2008, and the death toll will continue if tradesmen and building maintenance workers, who come across it in their jobs, don’t protect themselves.
There are still free online asbestos awareness training courses available for take up by the end of November, and I’m urging you to take advantage of this offer, which has been made possible by the Health and Safety Executive and the asbestos training industry.
Spending a few hours in front of a computer could literally save your life.
To book, visit www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/training-pledge.
Places are on a first-come-first-served basis.
Health and Safety Executive
HAVING read about so much conflict on the new weekly market in Poulton, I decided to go along to see for myself what it was all about.
I must say, there certainly was more footfall than the last time I visited Poulton, but it was like visiting a car boot sale.
There were stalls that appeared to be plonked anywhere, some simply bringing along their car boot tables and rails – how can anyone call this a market?
I originate from Ashton-under-Lyne where they hold regular markets both inside and out.
You will find stalls set out all year round, with colourful roofing, organised professionally.
If it is not a market day, the stalls remain and do not look out of place. They even earn a revenue on a regular basis from letting the stalls to the Farmers Market and on a Sunday to car booters.
The local council should be embarrassed to call this fiasco in Poulton a market.
I certainly won’t be rushing back.