Reader’s letters - Wednesday July 23, 2014

Preston City Council is regularly criticised in your readers' letters and I suppose that the  least one can say is that over the past decade or so it has been less than dynamic.'I think this photograph taken on Preston bus station on the 15th July says it all.  Twelve years after Preston gained City status and nobody has bothered to get this sign changed to 'City Centre''Jack Rogers, Garstang.

Preston City Council is regularly criticised in your readers' letters and I suppose that the least one can say is that over the past decade or so it has been less than dynamic.'I think this photograph taken on Preston bus station on the 15th July says it all. Twelve years after Preston gained City status and nobody has bothered to get this sign changed to 'City Centre''Jack Rogers, Garstang.

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Get tough on the abusers

Watching the reports on TV tonight of the amount of so called “professional” people who are known to have taken part in abusing children it makes me wonder just what kind of sick world we live in.

It beggars belief that anyone can do such things to any child who have had the misfortune to come into the hands of such monsters.

Not only has their innocence been taken away by some pervert to satisfy his or her “cravings”, the poor victims are probably too scared to say anything in case they are not believed.

That so-called respectable members of the community were capable of doing such atrocities with that child who then has to live with the memory imprinted on their minds for the rest of their life.

I thank God my children were spared the heartache of this ever happening to them when they were young and my heart goes out to the parents of these abused young people who maybe for years before they had the courage to speak out to them against their tormentors could have suffered in silence.

Are our children safe anywhere? It makes one wonder. We are going to be worrying now if whenever and wherever they are out and about that they may come into contact with these secret unknown predators.

The world at the moment is in a sorry state full of scenes of crime, wars, hunger, greed, etc...this is all we hear and see on TV whenever we hear the news.

The laws of this country are still working from the original 18th century book of rules, it seems. Well, hey, things are different in this day and age.

Today, the softly, softly touch is no longer a deterrent to the scum who mess with our kids. The police can get them to court then some kind judge lets them off with a slap on the wrist.

It’s time to look for another island as big as Australia and ship ‘em all out I reckon and the sooner the better. I rest my case!

Margaret Watkinson, via e-mail

Sign of times in ‘town’ centre

Preston City Council is regularly criticised in your readers’ letters and I suppose the least one can say is that over the past decade or so it has been less than dynamic.

I think this photograph (see above) taken on Preston bus station on the July 15 says it all.

Twelve years after Preston gained City status and nobody has bothered to get this sign changed to ‘City Centre’.

Jack Rogers, Garstang

Cut car speed in cemetery

Recently sign posts have gone up in Preston Cemetery stating that dog walkers must now only walk on the roads and paths.

Some of these paths in the old cemetery are five or six feet wide and were not designed for the pure volume of cars which now use the cemetery.

Many of these cars are large and fast, endangering the dog walkers. I would strongly suggest that the five to 10 mph signs are re-erected to protect all users.

Also that any speeding is dealt with appropriately in line with prosecuting dog walkers who don’t adhere to the rules.

Disillusioned dog walker

Get behind new team at venue

Good luck to the people planning to take over Preston Guild Hall. With more big venues across the north west than there were when the hall first opened the competition for getting acts will be their biggest challenge.

But for a region as wide as ours, there should always be an audience out there for good acts who want to come to Lancashire so everyone needs to support the new owners.

Name and address supplied

Out of tragedy a papal message

The shooting down of the jet resulting in the loss of 298 people including at least 22 innocent children was a terrible tragedy... and for what?

Our Blessed Lady told us at Fatima Portugal in 1917 that unless Russia was consecrated to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart by the Pope and all the Catholic Bishops at the same time then Russia will cease spreading her errors, this is happening now.

Also, Russia was the first country to allow abortion in 1920 and now hundreds of millions of innocent lives are murdered by abortion. If every Catholic was to petition the Pope to make the consecration the way Our Lady wanted then and only then will there be peace.

Name and address supplied

Making most of the sunshine

I blew into Astley Park this week where in dazzling sunshine a gorgeous girl caught my eye. Hair aloft and a beauty spot she smiled demurely tossed her head back and swung her cotton dress in my direction. ‘Hello dear’, I said as my wife put her arm in mine.

That’s the sun for you - brings out the best in everyone. Summer sunshine made to be enjoyed and the more of it the better. Up on the tops there are days when the sun beams until its arc is complete leaving behind a fire-kissed horizon and down the lanes too there are places where the sun holds court well into the evening in a lingering shimmering farewell.

Where would we be without the sun? It only has to go behind a cloud for five minutes for people to start packing up and heading indoors. Tall trees too can act like clouds depriving gardens and summer parties of sunshine and warmth effectively shortening the day sometimes by hours as the sun, still high in the sky, sinks behind a leafy canopy.

On sunny mornings listen out for the dawn-tapper with nails that must be hammered home before neighbours are fully awake.

Watch out too for sun-soaked motorway skating rinks where a vehicle whizzing by too fast in bright sunlight may be passed again lying on its side its brakes less effective in heatwave conditions.

And finally, keep an eye out for telly-