Town no longer wel­com­ing

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SOUTH­PORT has al­ways had a won­der­ful rep­u­ta­tion for shop­ping, din­ing, a fan­tas­tic an­nual flower show, host to the Open Golf ev­ery 10 years or so and now gain­ing note for a very well or­gan­ised food fes­ti­val.

What a pity the ap­pear­ance of the town is no longer wel­com­ing and vi­brant.

The Scaris­brick Ho­tel has a row of dirty, ragged flags fly­ing over the en­trance.

The public plant­ing in the town is dread­ful, Church­town round­about is a dis­grace, the Plough round­about is pa­thetic... I could go on.

Th­ese fea­tures are the first things that visi­tors to the town see when they come by road.

They should be well cared for and well planted, in­stead South­port ap­pears to be shrouded in faded grandeur with no civic pride.

Get your act to­gether, South­port, and make the town invit­ing, make it a place where peo­ple want to stay, want to spend money and show them some re­spect.

Many towns with a sim­i­lar his­tory to South­port have worked hard through the re­ces­sion and are now thriv­ing again. Lytham is one ex­am­ple. South­port has, in­stead, given up. A for­mer res­i­dent and reg­u­lar vis­i­tor

FIRE SAFETY FIRST

FOL­LOW­ING the Lon­don tower block fire, Mersey­side Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice is re­as­sur­ing res­i­dents who live in high-rise ac­com­mo­da­tion about safety.

The added prob­lem is that tele­vi­sion and films give a dis­torted view of fire, which, in re­al­ity, is dif­fer­ent and un­pre­dictable.

Hav­ing a bon­fire in your gar­den is ther­a­peu­tic, with all the fumes go­ing up in the sky as the wood crack­les.

In­side, this silent killer spreads and gives off toxic fumes from the many plas­tics in our build­ings.

Wher­ever you work, find out about fire safety. This should be in your in­duc­tion train­ing. If not, ask.

Any or­gan­i­sa­tion will be happy to help you, even if you are at a leisure cen­tre, shop­ping com­plex or a flower show.

Noth­ing is as pre­cious as your life. BJ Powell South­port

THANKS FOR SUP­PORT

THROUGH your paper, may I thank the res­i­dents and shop­pers for a tremen­dous re­sponse to the street col­lec­tion in South­port for Bow­land Pen­nine Moun­tain Res­cue Team on June 10.

The col­lec­tion raised a to­tal of £200.08.

This money will go to­wards equip­ment re­newals at our South Pre­ston ve­hi­cle base, es­sen­tial for keep­ing a se­cure op­er­a­tional re­sponse for south and west of our area.

In re­cent years, as well as our more usual hill and fell res­cue ac­tiv­ity, we have had sev­eral calls to as­sist peo­ple who have got into dif­fi­cul­ties in the West Lan­cashire low­lands and salt marsh edges.

We re­ceive no statu­tory fund­ing for this ser­vice, so any­thing we re­ceive is hugely ap­pre­ci­ated and we are, there­fore, grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to thank all those who have sup­ported us.

The money raised from the col­lec­tion en­ables us to con­tinue to help oth­ers who get into dif­fi­cul­ties in our wilder and more re­mote ar­eas. Clive Shel­ley Trea­surer, BPMRT

THE­ATRE ETI­QUETTE

MANY times my friends and I at­tend the lo­cal the­atre to en­joy a show.

The Blood Broth­ers and Tina Turner trib­utes have been two of our favourites.

Re­cently, our en­joy­ment of an Elvis Trib­ute night was to­tally ru­ined by the be­hav­iour of some of the au­di­ence.

They ar­rived 40 min­utes late, dis­turb­ing ev­ery­one with their ar­rival.

Chat­ting to them dur­ing the in­ter­val I dis­cov­ered they were late be­cause they “had to” fin­ish their

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