Anger at hospital parking charges, Leave vote must stand, RAF veterans return to former HQ, music to soothe world problems

Everyone is full of happiness where Andre Rieu plays
Everyone is full of happiness where Andre Rieu plays

Reader’s letters, January 29

Regarding car parking charges for cancer patients at Royal Preston Hospital.

I am horrified to discover that parking charges have been imposed upon cancer patients at this site. Beforehand a parking permit was issued covering the expected duration of treatment.

As a cancer patient who had 37 daily treatments myself, I can confirm how distressing both the condition and the treatments are. Anything which can ease the trauma is essential for the wellbeing of the patient.

I understand that the £2.50 concession must be applied for on each occasion at an office which is some very considerable walk from the Rosemere Cancer Unit at Preston.

I am sure that even the least aware individual might realise that many patients suffering from cancer are going to be incapable of walking such a distance.

Furthermore, to insist that a carer leaves such a vulnerable patient unattended for a considerable time each and every treatment session would be to leave them at increased risk of harm.

I must also take exception to the following clause: “Each family visitor separately attending on a gravely ill relative will be eligible to apply for a concession at a cost of £2.50 per day”. How completely heartless.

John McKenzie, Bare

Don’t rob us of our leave vote

The people voted for Leave Europe – a binding vote with no conditions attached.

We should honour this vote and leave this Byzantine organisation as soon as possible – with or without a cobbled together deal.

Set the people free and the country will prosper.

If the will of the people is thwarted by a handful of manoeuvring and opportunistic (mainly left wing) politicians, I fear there will be a ‘rivers of blood’ catastrophe – as indeed the honourable Prime Minister has warned.

Do the right thing by the people. Get us out of the EU. No more obfuscations and delays. Simples.

(Copy sent to David Morris MP.)

P Mitchell, Heysham Road, Morecambe

RAF veterans back in original HQ

After some 75 years the RAF has returned ‘home’ to the Clarendon Hotel, location of its World War II headquarters.

Morecambe and Lancaster RAF Association Branch now meets at the Clarendon on the second Tuesday of each month for lunch at 12.15pm (optional) and a talk at 1.45pm. February’s meeting will be the annual meeting which is open to all.

Whether you have any connection to the RAF or not, you would be most welcome to come along and join in the activities of this friendly branch. For details of the 2019 programme contact us on 01524 412987.

We are aware that there existed photographs of the Clarendon taken during World War II, showing sandbags in front.

We also have been told that there used to be the RAF Ensign flying outside and military policemen on duty.

If any readers have copies of such photographs that we could borrow we would be delighted to hear from you. Please call the phone number above.

Jane Latin, Secretary, Morecambe and Lancaster RAF Association

Music to ease our world problems

Very regrettably, 2019 seems to be starting off with so many disputes, wars, disagreements, famine, divisions and anger which politicians and others appear incapable of solving.

But there is a way tensions might be calmed. The amazing Dutch violinist and conductor of the Johann Strauss Orchestra, Andre Rieu, has, for 31 years, led his wonderful band all over the world.

Wherever his orchestra plays, everyone is full of happiness, goodwill, caring and love of their fellow man.

So, if his orchestra was booked for a two-hour session before all future ‘disputes and meetings’, the overall air would be calmer.

David Quarrie, address supplied