Carnival was a great event
I stood down as chairman of the Preston Caribbean Carnival Association in the autumn of 2007.
Having spent seven years as one of the guardians of Preston’s largest cultural event I felt it was time to hand over the reins to younger, energetic and enthusiastic volunteers. On Sunday as I walked on to Moor Park to the site of the carnival celebrations, I was greeted by respectful (and smiling) security staff who wished that I had an enjoyable time. I was impressed!
I was particularly impressed at the location and size of the main static celebration’s location. The children’s activities, food stalls and other concessions strategically (and appropriately) placed around the edge of the celebration area.
I remember early in my tenure as chairman, the difficulties I faced trying to cajole the council’s active involvement of all its departments and receiving a flat ‘No’ with a list of justifications to support that decision.
I’m not sure what the present guardians of the Caribbean Carnival where able to do to encourage the council to commit so many of their staff and other resources to support in the numbers and extent they did, but I commend all your efforts.
During the afternoon spent on Moor Park I did attempt to speak to one guardian but soon remembered and realised their inability to ‘stand and chat’ as I had to breakout into a sprint to keep up with them as they went to deal with an issue at the other end of the park. Having been in that very position in years past, I should have known better than to think I could have a slow and relaxed conversation with a ‘guardian’ on Carnival Day.
The whole tone of the event was wonderful. Seeing so many families enjoying the festivities, the child friendly activities, the tidy park, with litter pickers doing a great job and the marquee entrance tents, I assume to deal with security screening.
The music coming from all directions, and dancing, lots of Caribbean food. A Perfect Day.
And as for the weather, it was wonderful. I think there must have been ‘regular prayer sessions for good weather’, held with the carnival guardians and Preston Council. I trust this partnership goes from strength-to-strength. It makes me proud to be a Prestonian!
Ronald Clarke, via e-mail
Play in the park not the street
Why is it that some parents think they have a right to let their children play football in the street?
I live in a cul-de-sac which is open plan,one of my neighbours has had £150 of damage to her car,others have had plants trampled by these children, yet 30m away is a green they can play on.
I called the police about it, not interested, sent an email to the council,they are not interested,two of the lads were nearly run over crawling under a van to get their ball.
Do we have to resort to legal action to put a stop to this? The police admit this is a problem, but if they put a stop to it ,problem solved.
Under the 1970 highways act it is illegal to play in the streets.
R T Barrett, Ribbleton
Old children’s home views
I wonder if any of your readers remember Bay View Children’s Home which was situated where Lancaster Grammar School now is. My Aunt (Helena Pratt) was the matron from 1948 until 1956. She died in 1959 so my recollections of her are very few.
I would love to hear from any former residents and hear their stories good or bad about the home and the staff. I understand some of the children were sent out to Australia and Canada from there. I have tried without success to find information (even in Lancaster library when I visited) so I hope you can help.
Audrey Hudson, Kings Lynn, Norfolk
MEP pledge on Euro future
I have now completed my first week as a Member of the European Parliament for the North West region, and would like to thank every one of your readers who voted in the Euro-elections in May.
They were important elections at a vital time in determining Britain’s future. More people than ever voted for UKIP, increasing the number of UKIP MEPs in the North West from one to three.
It is undeniable that a huge number of voters want to turn their back on our current relationship with the EU, and on my first day as an official MEP I symbolically reflected the wishes of the electorate by turning my back on the undemocratically appointed EU President, and the playing of the EU anthem. The UK already has an anthem of its own, that I do not want to disrespect by allying to another.
Although my back turning was merely symbolic, over the course of the next five years I am determined to do every practical thing I can to regain sovereignty from the EU and to protect all residents of the north west (whether they voted for me or not) from the damage the EU can do to the region.
Over the years both Labour and the Tories have ignored the north west and left us to rot because they see us as very distant from their beloved London and the south east.
Since our distance from London means we get ignored by Westminster, obviously we don’t stand a chance of getting a good deal from Brussels.
I would like to assure readers that whilst Brussels is distant and remote from the north west, I am not. I am from the area, still live here, and will spend the next five years being open to hearing the concerns of my constituents and helping where ever I can.
You have trusted me to represent you and you have my word – I will do my very best for you.
Coun Louise Bours, North West UKIP MEP
Hall plan needs to come off
With the future of 53 Degrees still under a cloud let us hope the team behind the buy out of Preston Guild Hall are able to fill the gap and bring well know bands to the city.
It would be tragic if Preston was no longer able to stage any decent sized acts.
Michael Roberts, Fulwood