Reader’s letters - Wednesday September 10, 2014

This photo was sent in by John siddall, of Fulwood,Preston and shows the river at Brock (see letter).
This photo was sent in by John siddall, of Fulwood,Preston and shows the river at Brock (see letter).
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Football is a man’s game

I read your coverage of the PNE ladies, Dave Lavery, try to get more people involved with women playing our sport (football) and being a spectator (LEP September 2). No chance!

Football, cricket, rugby are male sports. Women need to do netball, rounders, etc, the “man” sports, leave to the men.

Your paper, along with others, is destroying the games of football, cricket, rugby by trying to encourage people to play a man’s sport. It’s time all this rubbish of women participation in male sports was stopped and now.

We don’t ask to play netball, rounders or dancing in a ballroom! Please give it a rest. You are destroying our national games by being total idiots. Leave it alone. A PNE fan since 1965.

B Stoner, Wakefield, Yorkshire

Shale must not be experiment

Before Lancashire County Council decides to authorise fracking it is important any long-term impact on the health of the population is considered. Benzene causes cancer in humans, in particular acute myeloid leukaemia.

A positive association has also been reported between exposure to Benzene and lymphoma, acute lymphocytic leukaemia, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and multiple myeloma. Benzene is present in fracking flow-back water. Occupational exposure to Benzene occurs via inhalation or skin absorption. Benzene exposures in the workplace are supposed to be limited by regulations, but some oil and gas production activities in the USA are exempt from those standards.

The eminent USA Centers for Disease Control & Prevention have just published preliminary data indicating occupational exposure to Benzene vapour during fracking can exceed regulations and present a risk during certain flow-back fluid work activities. The study is unusual in that it did not simply rely on air samples. The researchers also took urine samples from workers, linking the exposure to absorption of the toxin in their bodies. In several cases Benzene exposures were found to be above safe levels.

The research also found airborne concentrations of hydrocarbons, in general, and Benzene, specifically, varied considerably during fracking fluid flow-back and can be unpredictable. Hydrocarbon emissions during flow-back operations also showed the potential to generate flammable and explosive concentrations depending on time and where measurements were made, and the volume of hydrocarbon emissions produced.

Unlike the USA, Lancashire is relatively densely populated. Are residents living near fracking sites about to become the innocent victims of an industrial experiment?

Dr Frank Rugman, MB ChB, MSc (Distinction) FRCPath, FRCP(London), Wrea Green

Who cares how the Scots vote

David Cameron claims the people of Britain want the Scots to remain part of the UK – I don’t remember saying I did and most folk I know either don’t care what they do or wish the Scots would hurry up and do it.

There are apparently more people living in Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire than in the whole of Scotland so put as kindly as possible - does it matter?

‘Scotland Decides’ has been going on too long and I suspect ‘ordinary’ people in the greater part of these islands are frankly sick and tired of hearing about it.

Here in England we’re constantly reminded the Scottish referendum is a matter entirely for the Scottish people and if the vote goes the right way English matters may finally be a matter entirely for the English people so ‘great day in the morning’ and good news all round.

Joseph G Dawson, Chorley

Childhood days in the country

Many Prestonians will recall this view (see opposite page) taken a few years ago at Brock.

A reflection of happy, long, summer, sunny days spent by children and parents seen carrying their bags and heading for a picnic day out or just a stroll to this lovely spot.

This was particularly so in the period of the late 1940s and 1950s. This area of Brock had its own charm and attraction, and was almost a special treat at that time at little cost by way of a day return on the Ribble bus to just north of Preston on the A6.

As a young boy I was enthralled by the railway crossing at Brock itself by Garstang Road which in those days had water troughs on both tracks at this point.

With my train spotters booklet and “I Spy” booklet I would endeavour to get my parents to delay our walk a while to see if a steam train would come along, scooping up the water and swishing and swirling sound as it passed by.

We would then continue our walk and follow the footway by the river to Brock, well before the M6 motorway and overhead bridges were developed. Children would paddle in the river here and try to catch some fish with a small net attached to a long cane.

It was very popular picnic day out for families especially at weekends. Sometimes we would venture further along the river banking toward Brock Bottoms and Walmsley Bridge before returning via the same route.

It was at this time I began to realise how fortunate I was to live in an area surrounded by lovely hills and countryside for walks. At the same time handy for visits to nearby seaside resorts. Life seemed timeless, simple and less complex in those days and remains vivid my memory of those early childhood years.

Just a little piece of nostalgia which may well be revived by those reading this article.

John Siddall, local historian, Fulwood

Shame on yob for car damage

I would like to congratulate the chav responsible for dragging up the mindless cretin who keyed my car over the weekend on their fantastic achievement.

Knowing you are an irresponsible, spineless, idiot within our community and such a repugnant waste of space to society in general must fill you with a massive amount of pride. Well done.

Andy Farrell, via email