Letters, emails and texts on September 19 2008

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Today two correspondents lament the end of Preston Pot Fair.

We need identity for city future

The lack of interest in Preston Pot Fair this year can only mean another nail in its coffin. It's not surprising though that the once festive, fun event has come to this dreadful end.

Lack of publicity and enthusiasm can only be blamed for so much.

Preston centre has very little to offer its own community, never mind visitors, these days.

We don't have a high street supermarket anymore and the smaller speciality shops have been squeezed out by out-of-town conglomerates.

I can't say that mezzanine cafes and overbearing department stores will do very much to regenerate this once-historical market town either.

I recently visited Liverpool and found exactly the same shops we have but the throng of people who jostled along was amazing.

What they have that we don't is an "identity", a feeling of community and history. You erode these and you erode the foundation of any town.

Preston is no longer a town for people to come to, it's one for people to pass through.

Heather Schulz, Frenchwood, via email

Show council that we care for market

The article about Preston Pot Fair saddened me greatly. After all these years, for it to go would be a great loss.

Although the LEP could keep the people more informed of its imminent arrival, I feel the council is mainly to blame.

I feel they don't really care about the fair and its long association with local people because most of them don't originate from here.

While I applaud them for trying to bring my town into the 21st century with its city status, I feel that things like the Pot Fair deserve respect.

Before they decide to do what-ever they want to do with the Flag Market they should consider this: The Flag Market is so called because that's what it was back in time, a market. That's also what the Guild is about and that's the tradition they should keep to.

As a true Prestonian I go to the Pot Fair every year and whether I spend 10 or even 100 I am still helping to keep a well loved part of our history intact.

Get behind it and show our leaders what really matters.

Name and address supplied

UCLan could make great use of building

As a former member of UCLan staff, I have been saddened to read that the university has decided to sell off the historic Avenham Building.

UCLan has grown in a direct line of descent from the Institute for the Diffusion of Knowledge which, founded in 1828, had no accommodation of its own until it bought the Avenham site in 1844 and built the Avenham Building.

Since then it has been in the possession of the Institute or of the succeeding educational bodies which have led to today's university.

Surely UCLan should cherish its heritage, rather than looking to sever itself from such a long and proud tradition?

Is it really beyond the university's imagination to find an appropriate way of using the building, while retaining it as an integral part of the university?

Could it not house UCLan's Institute of Local and Family History, while also providing a drop-in centre for members of the public pursuing their own research?

Having in the past accommodated art education, could it not house the university's Centre for Contemporary Art, and/or the MA Fine Art course?

Might it not make a fine home for a graduate centre, or for the university's research office? Why shouldn't dance classes return to its specially equipped dance studios, thus enabling St Peter's Church to be released to operate once again as an arts centre for the university and the public?

Couldn't it provide accessible storage for the many journals which have recently been

removed from the University Library?

With its unique history and its still-intact historic lecture theatre, why not make it into a museum of higher education?

Philip Pacey, via email

PNE pitch perfect

I wasn't sure whether I was watching North End or Real Madrid at times on Tuesday night. Absolutely brilliant.

Keep it up lads.

Don Bebbington, via email

Join campaign to end bird shootings

September 22 marks the start of Animal Aid's first National Anti-Shooting Week, which will highlight this Government's promotion of gamebird shooting.

In Labour's 2005 Charter for Shooting, the party stated that it wanted to actively encourage people to take up shooting and to initiate policies under which it can develop and prosper.

Recent statements confirm that promoting the killing of birds for sport is Government policy.

Readers who agree that killing animals for fun has no place in a civilised society and would like to raise this issue with their MP should contact Animal Aid on 01732 364546 or go to


Andrew Tyler, via email

Left questioning fate of county cricket

It is true that the weather has adversely affected the fortunes of Lancashire County Cricket Club this season, to a greater extent than it usually does.

But I hope the powers that be do not attempt to heap all the blame on the rain gods.

In a year which promised so much after they went so close to winning the County Championship last season, it is galling to see one of the wealthiest, most powerful cricket clubs struggle at the wrong end of the table.

As I send this email, Lancashire's batsmen have already been bowled out for 107 by Kent, and could even get relegated.

If it happens, serious questions will need to be asked about the fitness of the club's hierarchy to carry on in their jobs.

Name and address supplied

Bishop was merely teaching God's law

Your correspondent Ian Abbott (Letters, August 28) did not state what upset him about Bishop Patrick O'Donoghue's recent remarks on secularism and Roman Catholic beliefs. Was it RC teaching on homosexuality, about the adoption of children by same-sex couples, abortion or embryonic research?

If you believe in God and Jesus Christ, then you know that all the above are against God's law. The Catholic Church is only trying to do His work on Earth.

With regards to giving Bishop O'Donoghue a dictionary, he will have one and has most probably got more books on theology than Mr Abbott has had hot dinners.

That is how I see it. I am a Roman Catholic and very proud of it. I thank my parents for giving me that privilege.

Miss V E McEvoy, Aughton Walk, Preston

Summer suffering

What a dismal summer it's been. But with Spain, Italy, Greece and the like all basking in sizzling temperatures, why do we seem to be the only country affected by climate change?

Darryl Ashton, Wycombe Avenue, Blackpool

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