Reader’s letters - Monday May 25, 2015

Dame Thora  Hird deserves a better tribute in her home towm of Morecambe, according to one reader
Dame Thora Hird deserves a better tribute in her home towm of Morecambe, according to one reader
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Time to honour a favourite

Eric Morecambe has a big statue and now will have a seven foot mural with Ernie. When are we going to recognise Thora Hird with more than a plaque on the wall of The Eric Bartholomew, that, unless you know about it, nobody reads?

It was mooted a few years ago about a bench with her sat on one end. She would have loved that, with people sat chatting to her. Thora was born in Morecambe and worked at the Co-op Grocery Shop, acting in repertory at the Royalty Theatre in the evenings. She married Jimmy Scott who was in the orchestra at the Winter Gardens. They lived in a newly-built house on Woodhill Lane and had one daughter, Janette Scott, who later was a well known film star herself.

Thora was ‘discovered’ by George Formby who secured her a film contract and she never looked back. She was a marvellous actress in both serious parts and comedy, in films and on the stage and later on television.

She visited Morecambe as often as she could and always visited her old friends. I remember her visiting an old lady who was a neighbour of ours and I was in the house at the time. She had no airs and graces about her.

She never failed to try and mention Morecambe in her parts, sometimes substituting Blackpool for Morecambe.

Surely I am not the only one who thinks that it is time that she should have some fitting memorial? I am sure that if a fund was launched for this there would be plenty who would contribute. How about it?

Thora’s first autobiography is called Scene and Hird and is all about her early years in Morecambe – a good read.

Mrs Heather Bewley, Lancaster

Lord hits back over fracking

Mr Daniels writes that I complained to the Advertising Standards Association on the basis that the Prime Minister did not agree that fracking would not bring down energy prices (letters May 21). I made no such complaint.

I was a member of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee when it inquired into fracking. We heard evidence from a range of experts, which persuaded me that fracking, when carried out under the strictest regulatory controls, would be good for Britain.

The question of its impact on energy prices is immensely complex.

Conceptually, there is the question of whether fracking would cut prices, or would mean prices are lower than they otherwise would be.

In any case, as Britain is part of a European energy market, the effect of increased supply of a competitive form of energy on our prices is impossible to forecast with certainty.

My complaint to the ASA was to question the claim by Greenpeace, that experts agreed fracking would not cut prices. I made no mention of the prime minister.

The ASA acts in these matters as a referee. After a detailed examination, it upheld my complaint. It seems to me typical of Greenpeace that, having made its case and lost, it now throws mud at the scrupulously impartial ASA.

David Lipsey, House of Lords, London

Night of a noisy neighbour

It would have been decent of BAE Systems to let us know there were night flights going on last week.

The Eurofighter Typhoon is a marvellous beast to watch in the skies, just not so delightful to hear at night.

I’m a pragmatist and understand the noise a military airfield can muster, but would it be too much to ask the firm to send the pilots a little further out to sea, so we can all get our children to sleep? Or at least a bit of a warning would do.

Name and address supplied

Life at the top of the Tower

I was fascinated by the photograph in Retro (LEP May 20), not only by the subject matter but also by the sign on the front of the Tower Building (Midget World).

When I was young my mother used to tell me about a colony of midgets who occupied the top of the tower and when people emerged from the lifts they would jump out and frighten them, lift up ladies’ skirts and generally run around causing the sort of mayhem and mischief that would immediately land one in court nowadays backed by a gaggle of injury lawyers looking for compensation.

Although she said it made you very wary of ascending the tower, it was all in the spirit of fun. I sometimes yearn for those non PC days when we all had a sense of humour!

Alan Mather, via e-mail

Looking back at a crucial period

How curious it seems to me to celebrate the 70th anniversary of VE Day – was it perhaps to ensure that some participants from that day were still alive?

But what if Britain had not given that suicidal guarantee to Poland? What if we had decided not to fight over Europe, or, perish the thought, had fought and been defeated?

In either case we would have ended up as a minor member of a European Empire ruled by Germany – just as now (although we would not then have had to beg to be accepted). So was it all really worthwhile? That sacrifice from Britain and the Empire of wealth, assets and all those lives? Were they squandered in vain?

Was the pride in victory an adequate return? I firmly believe that if we never look back and assess as honestly as we can the major conflicts of the past, we shall never learn to do better in future.

Arthur Quarmby, address supplied

Amazing life of our migrants

Just imagine the efficiency involved in a swallow’s journey from South Africa to our power lines and stables in Lancashire and later in the calendar back again all for a measure of insects.

Faced with starvation and exhaustion en route the journey is made all the more remarkable.

Jospeh Dawson, Withnell, Chorley