Letters - September 28, 2015

Queen Elizabeth II and members of the British royal family (from left to right) the Prince of Wales, the Earl of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duchess of Cambridge (right) on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour parade, in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 16, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II and members of the British royal family (from left to right) the Prince of Wales, the Earl of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duchess of Cambridge (right) on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour parade, in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 16, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
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MONARCHY

Queen protects us from republicans

Oh dear! Poor Mr Dalby! He lives in a country to which he doesn’t belong and of whose history he seems to be ignorant (Your Say, September 24).

He forgets, if he ever knew, that this country did once flirt with republicanism and it created a decade of abject misery throughout the land.

He refers to our “so-called democracy”, but grabs the opportunity to complain about our unelected monarchy – does he not know what happens in many republics around the world when their citizens moan about the president?

He forgets that we are blessed with a queen who is universally respected as a person of the highest integrity and dignity. She represents us all in a way that other countries can only envy.

Our forces swear their allegiance to the crown and are not bound by political gratitude. This neutrality gives us a parliamentary monarchy that protects us all, even from Jeremy Corbyn and Mr Dalby.

I suggest Mr Dalby moves to a republic which is not corrupt by his standards. May I suggest Syria?

David Neal

Wilvere Drive

Little Bispham

MONARCHY

Royals represent 
us to the world

What a waste of ink is my reply to Barrie Dalby’s comments on our Monarchy.

Does he not realise, in his blinkered view, that the Monarchy represents the history of this great nation of ours, and that we would all be a whole lot worse off without it?

Where would we be without our colourful history to delve into of past Kings and Queens and all the pageantry that goes with it, never mind historic castles and battlefields, where history was created over many centuries?

With his republican plan for the country’s future, what would generations to come have for their history if he had his way?

Bland presidents and dictators springs to my mind, what a boring thought process.

God save the Queen and send her Victorious.

Terence R Wright

Poulton Le Fylde

HEALTH

Cull can prevent needless deaths

I have just read your article about CJD (Gazette, September 24) and had to write as my husband died of this horrific disease.

He first became ill in July 2009 with symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s but everyday he got distinctly worse.

It was the most distressing thing for my family and I to witness – soon he could not remember how to get home, he was in and out of hospital so many times for investigations, but no one could diagnose exactly what was going on.

Eventually, he became so bad he had to be admitted to Lytham Hospital.

To cut a very long, harrowing story short, when he died in March 2010 he could not walk or talk or do anything for himself – he was as vulnerable as a newborn baby and he weighed about five stones.

I insisted on a post mortem, which proved to be inconclusive, and I was contacted by the coroners’ office for permission to send his brain to the CJD research centre in Scotland.

After a couple of weeks, we had the result – it was variant CJD.

He was just 62.

So, if the slaughter of all the cattle saves someone getting this savage disease, it will be worth it.

Name and address supplied

HEALTH

Did diabetes course help your family?

Diabetes UK is hoping to hear from people with diabetes who would like to talk about their experiences of attending a diabetes education course. Diabetes is a life-long condition and one that requires constant management. People with diabetes are also responsible for the vast majority of their own care so understanding their condition is vital. Diabetes education courses such as DAFNE and X-Pert help give people the skills and confidence they need to take control of their diabetes.

Diabetes UK know attending a diabetes education course can be life-changing. That’s why we want to make sure more people go on courses. If you have attended a diabetes education course then we would like to hear from you about how it helped you. If you would like to share your story e-mail us at CommsPlanning@diabetes.org.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you.

To find out more about diabetes education course, visit www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes/Managing-your-diabetes/Education or call on 0345 123 2399.

Stephen Ryan

Diabetes UK Regional Manager, North of England

CHARITY

Step up to help Blue Cross care for pets

I am writing to ask you to lace up your boots, pull on your wellies or slip on your dancing shoes and join in with Blue Cross pet charity’s Steps for Pets challenge this October.

Joining in with Steps for Pets couldn’t be easier – all you have to do is sign up and commit to raise money for every step you take. You can take your steps any way you like.

Blue Cross cares for thousands of sick, injured and homeless pets in its rehoming centres and hospitals every year. By joining in with Steps for Pets events, you can help them raise the vital funds they need to continue helping pets.

Visit www.bluecross.org.uk/stepsforpets or call 0300 790 9903 to sign up today.

Chris Packham

TV naturalist