Letters - October 18, 2013

STADIUM ROCKERS Coldplay, one of the international acts which demand bigger facilities than Blackpool can currently offer
STADIUM ROCKERS Coldplay, one of the international acts which demand bigger facilities than Blackpool can currently offer
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Purpose built arena

Missing out

I am afraid I must strongly disagree with a previous correspondent who claims Blackpool does not need any more large entertainment venues as they will detrimentally affect the Winter Gardens and Grand Theatre.

The Winter Gardens and Grand are a vital part of Blackpool’s entertainment scene and heritage and should be preserved at all costs but I feel there is a need for new venues.

I often see listings for major national and international artists in the newspapers and on the internet but Blackpool is so often not on their radar and there is a reason for this.

The reason we are not regularly hosting acts like Elton John, Coldplay and countless other big names is because of a distinct lack of a suitable venue.

The Winter Gardens does not have a large enough capacity or the facilities to host the big names.

Acts of this calibre expect the large purpose built arenas they are used to in cities like Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds.

As I have said on many occasions in the past, Blackpool is crying out for a purpose built arena and I believe the Central Station site would be an ideal location.

This would give our town an all-year round attraction which in turn will boost shops, hotels and restaurants.

I do not believe such a project would cause any detriment to other venues in the town as an arena would be catering for a different market which we are currently missing out on.

The Manchester arena has not adversely affected the Palace Theatre as they are two very different venues.

I think it is time we looked for some major developers and investors to bring an arena to Blackpool before Preston takes away what could be a golden opportunity.

Coun Christian Cox

Councillor for Squires Gate

Blackpool Council

Box office saved our day


Some good news and praise for your Letters Page instead of the usual moans.

We had bought tickets for the Wednesday matinee performance of Cabaret at The Opera House this week. I lost my ticket.

The box office could not have been more helpful, and checking that we had paid was traced through the credit card used.

Instantly the very helpful box office clerk issued a new ticket, and the show is superb, the Sally Bowles and Mrs Schneider singers especially.

Thanks Opera House for rescuing from disappointment our afternoon.

Christopher Heyworth

(by email)

Help after fall


I would like to say a big thankyou to the three gents and the lady who helped me at the time I had my accident on October 2 on Cowley Road, Marton.

Also my thanks go to the paramedics, both named Andy, and to the staff of A&E who treated me with respect and kindness.

Mrs S. Walsh

Marton Drive


New toilets proposed

Need more

I welcome the announcement by the council that there are to be some new toilets on the Promenade (Gazette October 16).

The article says this is subject to planning permission, but everyone knows it is vital for the town this development goes ahead.

I would like to see toilets also at North Station and the Job Centre.

It would also help if the toilets at the Winter Gardens opened at say 10am and not 11am.

After all, it is the only place in central Blackpool where there are public toilets.

C. Victor de-Nagy

Gill Court


Clutter could raise cash


I’m writing to encourage readers to clear out of their clutter, get rid of all of those items they no longer need and host a Good Neighbours Yard Sale (sponsored by Coldharbour) to raise vital funds for older people’s charity Royal Voluntary Service (formerly WRVS) before the end of October.

Research by the charity reveals that clutter fills a room or more in one in five homes in Britain.

Even though 36 per cent say they always try to keep unused or unwanted items to a minimum, 92 per cent confess to clutter with a third admitting they have a lot of items they no longer want or need.

Items donated by famous names such as Kimberley Walsh, Cliff Richard, Florence Welch and Emelie Sande will be auctioned on eBay from October 28 until November 9 so dig deep and help Royal Voluntary Service raise as much money as possible to help older people stay independent.

Holding your own yard sale couldn’t be easier.

For a fundraising pack with advice and tips on how to make your sale a success, visit www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/yardsale or call 0845 600 5885.

Carol Nevison

Head of Operations for the North

Royal Voluntary Service