Letters - November 22, 2016

Strictly star Gorka Marquez with his celebrity partner Tameka Empson
Strictly star Gorka Marquez with his celebrity partner Tameka Empson
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Strictly will never come back again

I switched the TV on this morning to watch the news, and the very first item I saw was that one of the principal dancers from Strictly Come Dancing had been assaulted, and lost two of his teeth, by a group of thugs on the streets of Blackpool.

It has always been one of the main attractions to bring the show to Blackpool and for it to end like this is an absolute disgrace.

I remember reading a letter which Simon Blackburn put in The Gazette, telling us all how passionate he was about Blackpool and how he was going to clean up the streets and make the town a better attraction to visitors.

Well, after the incident with the dancer it would not surprise me if the show doesn’t come back. If I were the director of the show, I would make it my goal never to come back until the scum that walk the streets of Blackpool were taken away.

I hope that the dancer is OK and the police catch those responsible. But when they do nothing will happen to them. Well done councillor Blackburn.

Still no change.

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Hard work undone by Strictly attack

I read with disgust that Gorka Marquez [one of the professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing] was recently assaulted whilst on his way to a Blackpool venue for the recent visit of the 

Just as the resort is trying to re-invent itself and attempting to build an image worthy of attracting families back to the resort, the hard work undertaken by us all has been brought crashing to the ground. Shame on the perpetrators. WP Mann

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Thanks for patience as prom is built

On behalf of Coun Tony Williams and myself we just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone for being so patient while the Anchorsholme Promenade was being built.

You have had to put up with road closures, lots of construction noise and disturbance and we have really appreciated everyone putting up with all this disruption while the Promenade was being built.

Our new promenade represents more than four years of hard work from bid work to get the funding for the project, design, public consultations and the management of construction and it has given us a promenade and road that not only looks great, but will protect more than 5,000 homes in the north of Blackpool.

With that in mind, it’s a great opportunity to thank Balfour Beatty for their hard work in some of the toughest environmental conditions possible, and our amazing council staff who have given so much of themselves to make sure this project is a success, and without them wouldn’t have been possible.

Now that the promenade is almost finished with just the Headland to complete, we will be working hard to make sure United Utilities deliver a great project in Anchorsholme Park, which will give us clean beaches and a fantastic looking park, with a great cafe and facilities that will compliment our new promenade and be of benefit for residents in the area and visitors alike.

Thank you again, you have all been brilliant.

Paul Galley and Tony Williams

Councillors for Anchorsholme


Schools can help get children healthy

We all know the importance of being physically active to improve our overall health but despite this, many children and young people in the UK aren’t achieving the recommended target of 60 minutes of activity each day.

Encouraging children to be as active as possible can help maintain a healthy weight, increase energy levels and reduce their risk of developing heart and circulatory disease in the future.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is offering all schools across the North West the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime interactive workshop with a BHF-funded researcher to teach pupils about the importance of keeping their heart healthy.

To enter, all schools need to do is sign up to one of the BHF’s schools fundraisers; Jump Rope for Heart or Ultimate Dodgeball before midnight on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 by visiting www.bhf.org.uk/schools.

Our fundraisers are easy to organise and come with lesson plans and enough skipping ropes and dodgeballs needed for a successful event. Not only will it raise money for the BHF’s life saving research into the fight against heart disease, but schools get to keep 20 per cent of the money raised to buy new equipment.

The BHF is funding 60 research grants to the value of over £20.2 million in the North West to help end the devastation of heart disease. With your school’s help, we will be able to fund even more ground-breaking research to help prevent, treat and one day cure these conditions.

Jessica Rose

Schools Programme Manager, British Heart Foundation


Queen unaffected by years of austerity

There are plans to cut benefits for the poor, we are all losing services, and there is going to be a £369m refit of Buckingham Palace. Is it me or does this make no sense?