Reader’s letters - Friday March 13, 2015

Manchester United's Angel Di Maria protests to referee Michael Oliver before being sent off

Manchester United's Angel Di Maria protests to referee Michael Oliver before being sent off

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We need this new energy

There is no defensible argument against fracking.

At present there is no such thing as efficient renewable energy, and despite their best arguments, the NIMBYs still want and need cheap energy.

If, as in the past, this energy has come from far afield they have not complained. They have cared little if the lifestyle of desert nomads or African villagers have been disrupted, just so long as they can fill up their 4x4 with fuel to take the kids to school.

Now it’s a different story.

All of a sudden they are indignant, they want endless cheap energy just so long as its source and supply doesn’t inconvenience them.

They’re happy enough when their fuel comes at an environmental price to others, but cry foul when it affects them and suddenly convert to the unattainable dream of ‘green energy’.

Sadly for them we have not yet attained ‘Star Trek’ technology and, unless they find ‘dilithium crystals’ in their back garden, they are stuck with what we’ve got, which is not very much, apart from, of course, shale gas.

So cry as they may, if they want to keep the school run going, heat their homes and cook their food they must have an energy source.

Where better to find it than in your own back yard?

Fracking is inevitable. Energy sources are at present finite, the Middle East supplies are uncertain, Russian supplies even more uncertain, North Sea oil is running out so, apart from shale gas, the UK has very little in the way of energy security.

Of course some will be adversely affected by fracking, but no more so than those living in a coal mining town or in the vicinity of a nuclear power station.

My sympathy goes to those whose lives will be affected by fracking, but the majority are happy for them to make the sacrifice and majority rules, fracking for shale energy supplies is an obvious and inevitable future.

Mike McCarthy, Ribbleton, Preston

Rules seem to be very unfair

Could anyone please explain why cars parked on double yellow lines, some with all four wheels on the pavement – causing an obstruction to wheelchair users and those with prams – or those who park in cycle tracks – leaving cyclists to ride on the pavement – face no fine? Yet a disabled motorist with their blue card wrongly displayed (it was the wrong way up) can be fined severely.

It doesn’t seem fair.

Name and address supplied

Football – what a strange game

I don’t watch much football these days , but a couple of weeks ago it was PNE on telly , so I gave it a go, having never seen them for 30 odd years.

They did okay, but I rather thought that bloke, Rooney, may have cheated for their penalty.

Still, the one thing that did bother me was another bloke on their side, called Di Maria, 
I believe, kept falling down when there was nobody near him.

I hoped it wasn’t our pitch at fault as he seemed to complain to the referee bloke a lot.

So I watched them again, and it’s not our pitch at fault, as they were on their own ground, and the poor lad kept falling down there as well!

Still , the good news was that the ref was so concerned he might hurt himself, he showed him a card with, I assume, directions to leave the pitch, and happily for all, he left safely.

The other Man U players didn’t seem to miss him much, and managed to lose without him.

What a strange game!

Allan Fazackerley via email

Happy days at the sea cadets

A while ago an article about a Preston sea cadet winning a National Sea Cadet Boxing Championship appeared in the LEP (March 10), and I recognised Wally Walton. I met him in the 1950s, most of his pals called him Wally, but he is known as Graham Walton, the South Ribble Mayor. I’ve heard he is doing a great job, well done Graham.

This brought happy memories back to me. I joined the sea cadets before Graham in 1947, when they were starting to get a rifle team together. Our gunnery officer was Lt Tom Dewhurst, who later became mayor in Preston in 1971 and 1972. We also had two coaches from the home guard rifle club, Major Morris and Mr Cartmel.

By 1949, we were doing well, and won the National Sea Cadets competition, where Cadet Smith and myself received medals for outstanding marksmanship. We then went to London to take part in the Inter Services Championship for the punch trophy.

With just two left to shoot, we were sitting in last place, but maximum scores from Cadet Newsham and myself got us into second place. After that, we won an NRA Senior Cup, and I won a News Of The World competition.

We went to Bisley in Surrey, where we fired from 200 and 500 yards. There were 700 competitors, and Cadet Newsham and myself were presented badges for being among the 100 best marksmen at the event. This was the first time we had used .303 full bore service rifles in a major competition, though we had used them when practising.

Later in 1950 we only finished second in the National Sea Cadets. Our team wasn’t as strong as a year before due to national service call-ups. We were losing cadets nearly every week. I had my medical earlier, but failed it because I was blind in one eye.

By 1951, most of my mates had gone. Before leaving, I took part in a competition for the prestigious Lord Derby Rose Bowl and we won it. Before I left, Mr Dewhurst gave me a picture of myself with the Rose Bowl.

In the four years I had with them, I was also in the athletic team that won the North West Championship at Stanley Park in Blackpool, part of a side at the swimming championship at Saul St Baths in Preston and I was also in the football team which finished runner-up in the Preston and District Youth League and won the Redmayne Youth Cup.

I had plenty to show for my time at the cadets. None of the rifles were like they are today. There were no telescopes, just foresight blade sights. I would put the shooting success down to our two coaches, Mr Cartmel and Major Morris. Mr Dewhurst became c/o and he richly deserved it.

George Benson, Preston