Reader’s letters - Wednesday June 03, 2015

English Martyrs Catholic Primary School has won a string of prizes but cannot afford the travel to the awards ceremony.

English Martyrs Catholic Primary School has won a string of prizes but cannot afford the travel to the awards ceremony.

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Shame of careless cyclists

Since the renewed interest in the cycling craze my nice quiet saunters along Ladies’ Walk , in Lancaster have changed considerably. What was a quiet riverside pedestrian walk has now turned into a dangerous bike-dodging pursuit.

The bike riders have become supreme, it is increasingly difficult for walkers to use this charming space safely.

Last week a totally Lycra-clad man (without a bell) screamed “bike” at the top of his voice to tell everyone to hop out of the way or get run down as he travelled at great speed on Ladies’ Walk. It’s the same on the canal, bikes whizz past very close to walkers at high speed. Has no one heard of bike-bells?

Yesterday on Ladies’ Walk I was strolling with an elderly friend in her mid-seventies and her family.

On several occasions bikers flew past at high speed leaving walkers terrified. It was an accident waiting to happen... soon enough a young girl just ploughed into my frail old friend and knocked her to the ground, there was no warning and obviously no bell.

This old lady may have a broken arm. All we were doing was walking on a footpath in an open space in clear view next to the viaduct, it should not have happened if we had been warned by a bell. As you know the elderly take much longer to repair.

That young girl had probably forgotten all about it the following morning, while we were on our way to A&E to try and repair the damage.

Name and address supplied

Police a credit to community

Our dad sadly passed away on May 14 and we held his funeral on Thursday May 21. I made a call to Lancashire Police’s Hutton headquarters and informed them it was going to be a rather large funeral, and as he lived on a busy road, maybe they could be in attendance.

They did indeed attend and actually escorted us across Liverpool Road to the cemetery, ensuring the cortege all stayed together.

The final touch was the officer removing his hat and bowing his head as dad passed by. The police come in for a battering sometimes but my dad would have been tickled pink by all this fuss. By the way, 400 plus attended on the day.

Thank you again, and may my lovely dad rest in peace.

Mrs Linda Coxhead (nee McGuiness), Penwortham

Awareness has been brilliant

I would like to thank Aasma and colleagues for my article ‘Raising the Awareness of Bipolar Disorder’ (LEP March 30)

Everything you quoted me as saying was correct. The response to my article has been many and varied and at least twice daily. People think I have been very brave and many said I have ‘lifted the lid on mental illness.’ Not only has the response been many but a lot has been from young people.

To quote a few – ‘well done,’ ‘so brave,’ that I have ‘turned a negative into a positive,’ plus many, many more.I am so pleased with this response and thank goodness I did this.

Sheila Wignall, Longridge

Uni could help school’s big day

I have just read about English Martyrs School and all the awards they have obtained (LEP May 28). It is great to see this, but sadly the school cannot afford to send them to London to receive them.

Then on another page I read about the University of Central Lancashire saying how much money they are making. Surely they cannot help a primary school in the same town because in the long run they could be helping future students.

Pat Lawson, Preston

Watch out for the zombies

They say one can learn something new every day and it is certainly the case if one reads the Evening Post on a regular basis.

I always understood that the concept of zombies was nothing more than the figment of some author’s imagination but this does not seem to be the case.

Readers who might have missed the Retro pages (LEP May 27) should fish their copy out of the recycling bin and read the article on page 22, a most informative piece covering the history of Preston Borough Police.

Apparently, in August 1842 following the reading of the Riot Act, I quote, “at least eight rioters were shot dead by the military, four of whom fatally.”

Presumably the other four still wander among us as zombies. Watch out for them in Lune Street!

Doug Millband, Hutton

Lifting up the history stones

Regarding the photograph of the laying of a foundation stone (Looking Back May 29), I have read a number of history books on Freemasonry in Preston , they are in much detail and date back a long way.

There are references to the Old Town Hall in 1762, the New Town Hall in 1862 and the Harris Free Library and Museum in 1882.

All of which were carried out by the masons and others of course.

The Masonic Hall, in Saul Street,came into being in the 1940s ( 1943 approx) under the leadership of Percy Goldberg.

To my knowledge there has never been a laying of a foundation stone for a temple in Preston.

Ray Birkbeck, via e-mail

Get funnymen into Commons

My proposal for Parliamentary reform, would be to adopt a permanent opposition, irrespective of which political party held power.

My preferred team would be headed by Rory Bremner, perhaps backed up by the likes of John Bird, Paul Merton and Ian Hislop.

With a Speaker elected such as Dennis Skinner, it could prove an interesting experiment. It would surely be more effective and cheaper than the current set up?

Denis Lee, Ashton