Letters - October 27, 2015

Rehearsals for Bobby Ball's play The Dressing Room, which premieres in Lytham.  Cast members Cannon and Ball with Kate Robbins, Johnnie Casson and Stuart Francis.
Rehearsals for Bobby Ball's play The Dressing Room, which premieres in Lytham. Cast members Cannon and Ball with Kate Robbins, Johnnie Casson and Stuart Francis.
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National treasures keep us entertained

I’m writing to highlight what a great time can be had at The Marine Hall in Fleetwood with a fabulous cast of stars.

Last night (October 23) saw Bobby Ball and Tommy Cannon, with various supporting guests, star in a play written by Bobby Ball – The Dressing Room. It was hilarious. The acts are national treasures and naturally funny.

However, at a vital point in the show a huge moth made an unwanted appearance, which was cause for a 15-minute ad lib from the genius duo.

I was privy to have a front row seat and thoroughly enjoyed the show. Roll on the next time they appear.

Kate Robbins, in my opinion, excelled in her impression of Cher! Hilarious!

Sharon Parsons

via email


Consider a donation to the Grand Theatre

We were disappointed that we were unable to acquire the rare Grand Theatre poster sold at auction for £2,375, more than three times its £700 pre-sale estimate.

The poster featured the world premiere of Brighton Rock on February16, 1943, which introduced a little-known Richard Attenborough as well as Hermione Baddeley, Billy (William) Hartnell and Dulcie Gray.

Such treasures do become available from time to time, and we would be very grateful if readers who have copies of old posters or programmes would consider donating them to the Grand Theatre historic collections. Anything from 1894 – 1950 would be of great interest to us.

Geoff & Linda Tolson

Joint Archivists

Grand Theatre, Blackpool


Is it now time to 
arm the police?

With yet another police officer killed on duty, mown down by a robber in a stolen pick-up truck, is it time for the police to be armed?

When dealing with ever more desperate criminals with no respect for the law or human life, is a baton and a CS gas spray adequate protection?

I have driven across 16 countries in Europe, and all police there are routinely armed. On top of that, without the death penalty, just what deterrent is there today, with so many prepared to kill without a thought?

Hanging could be replaced by other methods, but something needs to be done. Why are our politicians, who have no qualms over dropping bombs in the Middle East, so squeamish about problems here?

D S Boyes

Address supplied


Help us to tackle a forgotten disease

As new research conducted by YouGov reveals only seven per cent of Brits are aware of the neurological condition Post Polio Syndrome (PPS), as CEO of The British Polio Fellowship this highlights for me what is now an urgent need for more support for those living with PPS from public and the medical community alike.

Out of 2,034 people polled nationally, PPS achieved the lowest awareness rating by some distance when compared with other neurological conditions. Tellingly, in contrast to only seven per cent saying they had heard of PPS, 86 per cent had heard of Parkinson’s disease.

The results are shocking, but confirm how much work our charity still needs to do to ensure Polio survivors in the UK do not become a forgotten footnote.

PPS affects an estimated 120,000 people in the UK, a figure believed to be similar to the number of people suffering from Parkinson’s and other serious neurological conditions, so surely it is not too much to ask that PPS receives the same attention?

We don’t receive any government funding and we desperately need funds to conduct medical research into PPS, which would help our members better manage the condition in later life.

If you are interested in getting involved, please call us on 0800 043 1935, email at info@britishpolio.org.uk or visit the website at www.britishpolio.org.uk

Ted Hill MBE

CEO, British Polio Fellowship


We need to increase nurse training places

Earlier this year, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) warned of a crisis looming in health services.

Nurses recruited from outside the European Economic Area since 2011 faced being removed from the country if they were not earning at least £35,000 after six years as part of changes to immigration laws.

Common sense has now prevailed.

The Government has announced that nursing will be placed on the list of professions exempt from this rule – a victory for nurses and more importantly patients.

But this change of stance is only temporary and while it will help in recruiting nurses and alleviate staff shortages in the short-term, we need to look further ahead.

The RCN wants this common sense approach extended to the training and retaining of more nurses in the longer term.

The Government must significantly increase student nurse training places so our patients are no longer at the mercy of global workforce trends.

Estephanie Dunn

Regional Director

Royal College of Nursing, North West Region