Letters - November 23, 2011

Ted Robbins leads the the Christmas lights switch-on ceremony at Lytham.
Ted Robbins leads the the Christmas lights switch-on ceremony at Lytham.
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I ATTENDED Lytham’s blatant advert for a pantomime – masquerading as a Christmas lights switch-on – on Saturday.

What a disappointment.

This event once pulled the whole town together, with children involved in a colouring competition the week before, choirs singing, a band playing carols, mulled wine, roasting chestnuts, and a great dose of Christmas cheer. Now we get a roadshow pulling into town, running the event in its entirety, with nothing but advert after advert for its pantomime – I’m not going to say who, because I’m not plugging them even further.

A Christmas lights switch on has two purposes: to get the community together with some festive cheer, and also to help boost trade in the town centre.

So why are we getting outsiders in to attract people elsewhere?

Lytham’s traders need to rethink what they see as a Christmas launch, make the difficult decision in these economically-troubled times to spend some money, and bring back the switch-on of old.

The very same switch on will be held in St Annes on Saturday – they should rethink too.




IN Blackpool this Christmas many puppies given as presents will be enjoying their first days with their new families.

Sadly, in many cases, the puppies are only wanted for days or weeks once the novelty wears off.

Animals do not make good surprise Christmas presents and sensible people understand that looking after an animal is a long-term commitment.

After last Christmas, animal shelters in Blackpool and the surrounding area were full to bursting point with traumatised animals.

Let’s make sure this doesn’t happen again.

Father Christmas would not consider giving a puppy or any other animal as a Christmas present and neither should you.


Four Paws

IN 1956 I was in the Royal Navy’s Devonport Field Gun Crew, whose base was HMS Drake in Devonport, and subsequently Devonport Dockyard remained the home for the Devonport Field Gun Association.

Earlier this year the Ministry of Defence gave the Field Gun Association notice to leave Devonport Dockyard.

The association were fortunate to find a new home at Crownhill Fort in Plymouth, which is now a small Devonport Field Gun Museum.

When all the Field Gun records and equipment were transferred to Crownhill in September it became apparent that all records and photographs for the 1956 crew were missing. We are hoping to trace any field gunners from 1956, or any other year, who may have some photographs or any other personal records or memories.

If we were able to make copies they could then be included in the museum records.

I would also be delighted to hear from old field gunners of any year and, if they are interested, I could give them details of the Devonport Field Gun Association.


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