Reader’s letters - Friday February 20, 2015

A packed Deepdale stadium for Preston North End's game with Manchester United (see letter)
A packed Deepdale stadium for Preston North End's game with Manchester United (see letter)
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Plea to fair weather fans

I wonder how many of those missing PNE supporters who emerged from the woodwork and scrambled madly for FA Cup tickets upon realising Man Utd were in town will be present at the Division One fixture versus Scunthorpe on Saturday.

I appeal to all these re-emerging fans to continue supporting their local team until the end of the season as promotion is a realistic possibility.

The stadium at full capacity on Monday night generated a magnificent atmosphere and the presence of the media undoubtedly increased our profile in footballing circles.

On the pitch I thought the lads, none of whom cost a penny in transfer fees in comparison with the million pound opposition, can feel proud putting up a very creditable performance and going down fighting.

We should remember that greater footfall and increased gates will allow the board and management to invest in the transfer market and improve our prospects of playing against our local rivals in the Championship next season. Keep the faith.

Jim Oldcorn, Great Harwood

Great day out at the library

After a couple of years of not using Leyland Library, I decided to renew my membership as I had realised changes had been made and certain events were happening there that may be of interest to me.

I am recovering from illness that has left me with loss of mobility and confidence after a long period of time being housebound. So it was with a certain amount of trepidation I approached the place which previously I was a frequent visitor.

When I arrived and read the various posters in the entrance hall, I became interested in different events coming up, including a tai chi taster day for Chinese New Year which immediately caught my attention.

I continued into the library and it was much changed since my last visit. Gone was the big reception desk and I was a bit unsure of where I had to go to rejoin so I approached the information desk and joined the queue.

There was a group of about 14 youngsters on a school visit and they were buzzing about the library, obviously enjoying their visit, and accompanied by a young male teacher who seemed very approachable.

Also there were a mixture of mums and young children in the children’s corner, gentlemen reading daily newspapers and several elderly readers too. The atmosphere was busy, but due to the new, spacious layout, plenty of room for all. I was standing by a couple of computers, and was watching with interest a youngster who was scanning a book.

I was intrigued at this new technology and asked him to explain to me what he was doing, which he did politely. It was then my turn at the information desk and the member of staff was extremely helpful and informative.

So I became a new member and started exploring the shelves and trolleys, and was interested in the super arrangement of the World War One and holocaust displays.

I chose my books and after a little assistance from a willing pupil, I was able to scan my first book and I later scanned another three on my own. I chatted to various pupils and established they attended Leyland St Mary’s.

I am very aware of all the recent problems there following the fire which has left the school in special measures. My two sons spent happy years at that school and received a great education, so I have been very sad to hear about all the upheaval.

When the children were gathered together before they left clutching their books,I commended them on their exemplary behaviour. The teacher gave them freedom but seemed aware of all that was going on and gave help and supervision when needed. It all made for a very pleasant experience. Well done to everyone involved.

Evelyn Berry, via email

Sex education down the ages

I see sex education is back on the agenda in schools. I remember it well and I’m not so sure that I got anything out of it of any value.

Mr Pilling our PE teacher took the lessons and asked for unsigned questions to be left on his desk before class began. It all began in a most light-hearted way with the usual lavatorial smuttiness that somehow turned into a natural barrier to the passing on of valid and useful information.

In the end, sex education at my school was suddenly abandoned without explanation although even as a youngster I remember one possible reason for this decision which was that as time passed the level of class-wide embarrassment grow out of all proportion - when smutty jokes became ‘mum and dad did what’?? And teachers left the classroom with a worried frown.

It might well be that we were all too young, but if a child has a grasp of some of the racier jokes from Mad comics popular at the time, I’m sure there must have been better ways of preparing young men and women for a drop of forthcoming rumpy-bumpy.

Joseph G Dawson, Withnell

Make marking mandatory

I agree with the recent letter regarding halal meat (letters February 13). It should be made compulsory to state in prominent lettering on all food packaging, menus and restaurant fronts that halal meat is being served so that people can make their own decision.

On the matter of why customs should cause offence it does offend many to see a woman dressed in black with only their eyes showing as much as in some eastern countries it offends them to see a western woman without head coverings and wearing a modest summer dress.

Another concerned, Ashton

Surprise to see photo of Nanna

I just wanted to give the names of two of the girls in the Preston Guild 1952 photo (Looking Back February 18).

The far right girl is called Lavinia Lee (now Lavinia Johnson) which is my Nanna. The third girl from the left was called Nora Trainer.

Alice Toulmin, via e-mail