MAY I congratulate Merlin Entertainments and Blackpool Council for the fantastic renovation work to Blackpool Tower and the Winter Gardens.
Blackpool has needed a company like Merlin for years, a company with real pride in what they undertake.
The Tower Dungeon and Tower Eye are just a small part of the investment. The new entrance can only be described as stunning, and what they have done to the Tower building itself is just amazing.
It is sad North Pier Theatre has had to close its doors early due to essential maintenance.
All this said, I think the Illuminations displays this year are a complete mess.
On the opening night, many sections look thrown up, as lots of sections of lights were out, and as for Talbot Square and Bispham, lights there are non-existent. We have so many talented young people in this town, let’s use them and build a stronger Illuminations display next year.
So well done Merlin Entertainments and Blackpool Council, but come on Illuminations department, pull your socks up.
CONGRATULATIONS to all at VisitBlackpool, Smooth and Real Radio.
The switch-on once again was a fantastic show enjoyed by thousands of people.
Keith Lemon showed that he was a good choice for the ceremony by entertaining a crowd that welcomed him with great enthusiasm.
A fantastic line-up of musical talent kept everybody entertained and the large crowd enjoyed every minute of it.
The team at VisitBlackpool must be really looking forward to the ceremony being on the headland next year, and being able to see the Promenade light up when the switch is pulled.
COUN PETER EVANS
Conservative Group Leader
ON behalf of RSPCA Blackpool and North Lancs, may I thank all those people who supported our annual Fun Dog Show and Catless Cat Show.
The event was hosted by The Garden Place at Croppper Road, Marton, and the show was opened by some of the cast of Funny Girls, who were well received.
The fun events were well supported, and the Medieval Knights put on a most entertaining show, which was enjoyed by everyone.
In all, the funds raised from entries to events and sideshow stalls totalled £1,045. This money will go directly towards our new state of the art animal centre in Stalmine.
If anyone wishes to make a donation, however small, we would be most grateful.
In the meantime, we have opened a fourth shop next door to the one we currently operate on Highfield Road.
This one, however, is mainly for retailing furniture, and there are some superb bargains.
ANN M. TURNER
Honorary branch secretary