Letters - October 1, 2013

VICTORIAN EDIFICE Reader Chris Clayton looks back at nights out of old with fond memories
VICTORIAN EDIFICE Reader Chris Clayton looks back at nights out of old with fond memories
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Memories of wine bar

Great times

I gazed wistfully at the site where Yates’s wine lodge used to stand.

The diggers were preparing the ground for the new building.

It took me back to my teenage years where it was the start of many a Friday and Saturday night culminating in The Tower or the Winter Gardens.

There we would have “blobs” of Australian wine and sweet Cyprus commandaria, washed down with halves of draught bass.

Not only was Yates’s a drinkers’ Utopia inside, it was a beautiful Victorian edifice outside.

Instantly recognisable by millions, it was where the fun on holiday began.

Many a lasting partnership began there (and many a brief one) under the euphoric spell of “Aussie white” or beef and malt wine.

It truly was the heart of both local and holiday making Blackpool.

When I saw the pictures in The Gazette of the proposed new building, my heart sank. A bland, characterless, soulless hulk, the best they can come up with.

Even a “glass half full” optimist like me finds it hard not to be sad for present and future generations that will not enjoy it. I am a sixty something.

Chris Clayton

Layton Road


Supermarket fund-raising

RNLI thanks

On behalf of the Friends of Blackpool Lifeboat Station we would like to say a big thank you to management, staff and customers of two Lidl stores, Bloomfield Road who raised £147.93, and Devonshire Road who raised £111.53, at recent collections in the stores.

Once again thank you to everyone. It is greatly appreciated.

Christine Parry

Secretary, RNLI

stolen son’s livelihood

Tools taken

I would like to say I hope the men who stole all my son’s tools on Monday night, September 9, are proud of themselves as you’ve robbed my son of his livelihood.

He worked hard to buy those tools, now he can’t work as he can’t afford to replace them. Just imagine it happening to you.

So instead of stealing other people’s livelihoods go out and get yourself a proper job as you wouldn’t like it to happen to you.


Gosforth Road


Harry Belafonte

Top stars

Seeing the photograph of Harry Belafonte in The Gazette’s Lost Archives brought back memories of that era.

I was there at that concert at the Opera House at the afternoon performance of Harry. It was wonderful to see him.

I hadn’t realised he was suffering laryngitis, his voice sounded great.

Also in that era Harold Fielding brought Grace Moore, who was killed in a plane crash soon after, Les Paul and Mary Ford, Jose Iturbi and the inimitable Danny Kaye.

What wonderful performances to watch.

I don’t suppose many people will remember them but they were all worldwide stars in those days.

Danny Kaye didn’t want to end his show in the Winter Gardens ballroom, he sat on the edge of the stage for about half an hour talking to the audience in a question and 
answer session.

It was midnight before we came away.

In the years since, I’ve
met many ‘stars’ of their calibre.

However, I’m now in my 90s and housebound so live on past memories anyway.

I enjoy the Lost Archives column (in The Gazette each and every Friday) very 

Mary Hill


Teenage cancer week

Be aware

I’m writing to appeal to your readers to get involved in Teenage Cancer Action Week from October 14 to 20.

Cancer in young people aged 13 to 24 is rare, with around seven diagnosed every day in the UK.

However, it’s also often difficult to diagnose because the signs are very similar to other less harmful illnesses.

The three actions for Teenage Cancer Action Week are Learn, Share, Give.

We’re asking everyone to learn the five most common signs of cancer in young people, share this knowledge with family and friends, and give to help us empower a generation of young people to take control of their own health.

The five most common signs of cancer in young people aged 13 to 24 are persistent and unexplained pain, lump, bump or swelling , significant weight loss , extreme tiredness and changes in a mole .

Young people should speak to a doctor if they’re worried.

They also need to be empowered to keep on going back to the doctors if they feel their issues are not being solved.

The chances of it being cancer are very small, but it’s better to get it checked.

Nigel Revell

Teenage Cancer Trust Director of Education