Reader’s letters - Monday August 18, 2014

Hairdresser Steve Molloy with his new book 'Tales from Behind the Chair' (see letter)
Hairdresser Steve Molloy with his new book 'Tales from Behind the Chair' (see letter)
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Sales service a cut above

I wanted to share with you my story with you, with my father’s birthday looming, I decided to buy him the new book by Preston barber, Steve Molloy, “Tales from Behind The Chair”.

I felt sure that the ‘large bookshop’ in town would have several copies, so gave them a ring. They told me that the book would only be published in September. I felt sure this was wrong as I had seen Steve talking about the book on TV and knew he was selling books from his salon. Undaunted I phoned another ‘major retailer’ in town to ask if the book was in their book department. They’d never heard of it.

Feeling slightly worried about getting the book for dad’s birthday, I contacted Steve via his website to ask if he still had books on sale at his salon.

Knowing it was Monday, and the salon closed, I didn’t expect a reply.

Imagine my delight when I got an email from him telling me he was in my area today and he would drop one off at my home!

So, I got my book, signed by the man himself, and had a lovely chat. A true gentleman!

Come on local booksellers, please get this book on your shelves! Steve is a bit of a Preston icon and I’m sure his book will sell like the proverbial.

Louise Gray, via e-mail

Football there for the fans

I read with interest the letter ‘Clubs have a duty to entertain’ (letters August 13) and I agree wholeheartedly with the writer’s sentiments.

What Notts County served up on Saturday was a disgrace. They had no intention of providing entertainment, their spoiling tactics started from minute one to the last minute.

Time wasting should be stopped immediately by the match officials with cards being produced.

Sides like Notts County will kill the ‘beautiful game’ because there was nothing beautiful about their game plan.

Players are paid exorbitant wages because they say that they are in the entertainment business. If that’s so, then act appropriately or face the consequences. Football clubs going out if existence.

Alan Smith, Fulwood

Roads misery is a sorry sight

The centre of Lancaster is wondrous to behold in its chaos.

For example, who on earth decided the route which buses coming from Morecambe now have to follow to get to the bus station?

Double decker buses have to career up narrow Lower Church Street, round the sharp corner into Cheapside, back down to another turn past the closed church, which they have just passed on the other side, and turn into the bus station the back way.

Temporarily taking down one road sign and removing a small area of road island by the church, to allow a turn there, would have avoided most of this.

However, readers will also have seen the considerable amount of time and effort (and yes money) being expended on the re-paving of most of Lancaster’s centre.

But I would ask whether we know if anyone is running a sweep on how long it will be before some organisation (probably one of the utilities) arrives on the scene, digs up a chunk of the nice new paving slabs, and after they have completed their work, ‘makes good’ the resultant damage by dropping in a dollop of tarmac and stamping it roughly smooth, rather than properly replacing the paving (some of which will have been destroyed anyway)?

The result of a few times when this has happened in the past, is that nicely paved pedestrianised areas become a rough patchwork quilted mess and broken paving slabs.

M R Williamson, Morecambe

Great support for Lights Out

May I thank the considerable number of people and organisations who attended the Lights Out ceremony at Lancaster War Memorial on August 4 to commemorate the centenary of Britain’s entry into the First World War.

The Royal British Legion is the custodian of remembrance and it is so important we remember all those who answered the call to arms, who died for their country, who were injured and whose families suffered as a result of the war.

We hope that by being reminded of the horror of war nations will find a better way to settle their differences.

We were very grateful to the Mayor who placed the first candle on behalf of the City of Lancaster and also placed a candle for HMS Lancaster. She was followed by representatives of the armed forces, and the civilian services and members of the public. It was lovely to see so many candles and it was a very moving occasion. Thank you all very much.

Raymond Hirst, President, Secretary and Press Officer, Lancaster Royal British Legion

Religion not at root of all wars

In reply to Dennis Lea (letters August 7) “Religion at root of all problems” I would like to ask him which religions were involved in World War One and World War Two.

What was the religion of Adolf Hitler, the cause of the deaths of millions of souls and the religions of Joseph Stalin, Chairman Mao and Pol Pot who between then were responsible for the deaths of millions more souls than Hitler? If there is no God, who is to say what is right and what is wrong.

Frank Williams, Veritas, Preston.

Pals mustered around corner

Regarding the picture captioned “Chorley Pals on parade at the town’s Flat Iron” (looking back August 4).

In fact, they are standing on Union Street, near the Flat Iron Market or “Cattle Market” as many older people still call it.

The building at top right of the picture is still there today and the entrance to the Chorley Library is to the left.

Mr J B Dootson, Chorley