M6 link offers opportunities

Morecambe beach busy after a weekend of good weather.
Morecambe beach busy after a weekend of good weather.

In spite of the regressive antics of TSLM, the new road will go ahead and Morecambe will be connected to the rest of the world so a new crowd of visitors should start coming.

The town has been isolated for years by traffic jams, still has old buildings, cute shops and quaint streets and is great for the new fashion of vintage, as news editor Ingrid wrote in The Visitor (September 24).

The snag is, a lot of visitors (and locals) have no idea what’s interesting or where it is because there is nowhere to go to find out.

Which could account for Cairn Consultancy’s findings that 89 per cent of Morecambe visitors are day trippers (The Visitor, September 10).

The Cairn people’s suggestion that Morecambe should be marketed along with the bay has met with approval, but Sian Johnson thought it would be awful if more visitors came for the day and then went to stay overnight in Grange (The Visitor, September 3).

What could be more awful would be if they went off to Barrow or Fleetwood to find out more, because both these towns have museums, while Morecambe, the jewel and proposed capital of Morecambe Bay, has nothing.

So, instead of spending £10,000 on a Christmas market and hunting for £60,000 for a Thora statue (The Visitor, October 1), the Town Council and Town Team should be investigating who will fund a Morecambe Bay Interpretation Centre.

In the meantime the proposed Town Shop should become the Morecambe Heritage Centre, which could also sell stuff.

And windows of the empty shops in Victoria Street should display scenes and events from Morecambe’s past.

This would enliven the street, contribute to the retro atmosphere and give shoppers something to do besides shop.

One of the windows could feature Thora in a scene from a film she was in, instead of putting her on a deckchair in the street, where she would look out of place, like the ridiculous coat of arms wedge in New Town Square.

Another window could show neglected artist William Woodhouse whose home in Chatsworth Road is falling to bits.

There has been enough surveys and action plans which don’t seem to action much. It’s time Morecambe pulled its socks up, confronted the 21st century with a fresh image and got ready for the opportunities the new road will bring.

Mrs Judith Thompson

Witherslack Close

Morecambe

Thanks for the care

I would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff on the A&E, Ward 39 and Ward 23, on my recent stay. The level of care, kindness and attention was incredible, I cannot thank them enough. I would like to wish all of them all the best for their futures.

Steve Shorrock

Heysham.

Helped when we needed it

Myself and my husband would like to thank the following companies for their help in completing a bespoke wet room for my husband who has vascular dementia and a brain tumour. It is accessible for him.

The first company is Plas-Tech followed by Travis Perkins. All the staff from these companies, plus the plumber who helped us in an emergency call, to all the above a heartfelt big thank you.

Mr and Mrs Pinder

West End Road

Morecambe

Do you recall Firesides?

My late uncle Joseph Oldfield Kay who lived in Bolton-le-Sands until his death in the late 70s was a prominent member of a local group of musicians called The Fireside Group.

One of its other members was a Greta Byrne, a prominent pianist. My uncle’s part in this group was as a player of the saw. During their time together they played at numerous events and judging by the newspaper clippings which I have they were well received at the events.

Such was the talent of my uncle at playing the saw he appeared on the radio version of Opportunity Knocks which was broadcast by Radio Luxemberg in 1958, the presenter was Hughie Green.

My request for information is if there is anyone with knowledge of the The Fireside Group, and more importantly are there any family members out there of Greta Byrne because she gave an introduction to my uncle’s appearance on the radio show?

If anybody can help please email me at: jangeo552@gmail.com.

Mrs Janet Wycherley

Smithy Lane

Cronton

Widnes

Shame Alan has to stop

I was shocked to read in The Visitor, October 1, that Alan Sledmore feels he is being forced to abandon leading cross bay walks because of safety concerns.

Alan led a walk in aid of the The Venus and Cupid Arts Trust on August 14, and I am pleased to report that we were completely satisfied over the way that safety issues were handled.

Alan personally checked the state of the channels not only the day before the walk, but again on the morning before, and he also told us that we should be prepared for a change of route should conditions require it.

The walk was accompanied by a number of very helpful supporting guides. I was also glad to find that we were adequately supported by quad bikes, which were of great help in carrying small children over the deeper waters, and in helping one or two over-tired walkers.

I have been on two previous cross bay walks with Alan, both were very well organised and there were no concerns over safety issues. Alan somehow manages to combine good organisation with a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere, a rare combination in this age, and it would be a great shame if they were brought to an end.

Peter D Brown

Marine Road Central

Morecambe


The omens are not good

Coun Eileen Blamire has let it be known she blames the Government for the reductions in services she expects to introduce in the City Council’s budget next year. She is absolutely right: as we all know, it was the Labour Government that once again left the finances of the country in such a fine mess.

Coun Blamire needs to remember that her Labour-led administration’s responses to the ending of Council Tax Benefit and to the financial problems afflicting Storey Creative Industries Centre Limited are just two of the issues where her own local decisions have added to the local pressure on finances.

As the current consultation by the City Council points out: “In order to keep the cost of the Council Tax Support Scheme in line with funding expectations, the total support bill would need to reduce by about £1.1 million each year”.

There is a temptation for Coun Blamire to cut popular front-line services in the forthcoming city council budget, so as to give emphasis to the austerity measures of the current Government. The responsibility of local government is to minimise the impact of reductions in government grants on local services, but a politically motivated budget looks to be a possibility. Be warned: the omens are not good.

Coun J R Mace

Kellet Ward


Support local shopping

We all lead busy lives these days, too busy for many of us. Consequently we seek what shortcuts we can find to make our load lighter.

This includes doing the weekly shop at the supermarket, one more chore sorted. But while gaining in convenience we lose in other ways.

The amount of waste recently highlighted by Tesco is frankly appalling, especially with folk, particularly pensioners, increasingly forced to choose between ‘eat or heat’.

Some of this is down to the invention of ‘use by/sell by’ dates. Not that long ago people used their common sense when deciding what was safe to eat and didn’t bin perfectly edible grub just because a sticker said so.

And just as importantly, people bought fresh as and when they needed to by nipping to their local shops. Sadly many such shops have been blasted out of existence by the very supermarkets now proving so wasteful.

The growing success of farm shops and farmers’ markets show the appetite for fresh local produce so let’s do our bit by supporting them and our small shops.

Louise Bours,

UKIP MEP Candidate

Cheshire