Readers’ letters - Monday, July 20, 2015

Beach Head War Cemetery in Anzio
Beach Head War Cemetery in Anzio
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Protect city’s star attraction

It was with dismay I read Don’t ruin the Guild Wheel on your letters page (LEP July 14). The Guild Wheel is under threat by poor planning of developments which will ruin the safety of Preston’s star attraction.

Lancashire County Highways appears to have approved the demise of our treasured Guild Wheel and it is beyond belief!

I was introduced to the Guild Wheel by a friend. I hadn’t cycled for years and was persuaded by the safety aspect of this beautiful ride. Nowhere else in Lancashire could you ride 20 plus miles away from traffic and feel utterly safe. There were many groups of people cycling that day, from all generations, thoroughly enjoying the day.

The Guild Wheel is unique and stunning, it shows off Preston at its best.

It takes you through beautiful planted tree-lined areas, including Brockholes for coffee, and The Pavilion Cafe for lunch. I even raced alongside the steam train. I was hooked, and have since cycled it many times with family and friends from outside the Preston area, who were as impressed as me and went back for more.

I am planning to ride the Guild Wheel with my young granddaughter because it is such a safe route.

Can Lancashire Highways guarantee its safe future? How can it be that the Guild Wheel is not protected?

Why has Lancashire Highways dismissed such an important amenity?

Surely it can see what an amazing attraction the Wheel is to Preston?

Does it not have a commitment to promote cycling, health and wellbeing?

Come on Lancashire County Council, smarten up your act and protect this amazing facility which has unquantifiable benefits to all generations. You should be so proud to have the Guild Wheel and protect it at all costs.

C. Furmston, Nelson

Motorbikes on cycle route

I play golf on Fishwick Hall Golf Club, where I play in the evenings from 4pm onwards.

There is nearly always people riding motorbikes at speeds of around 30mph along the Guild Wheel.

The area of the Guild Wheel they ride along is between the bridge opposite the Tickled Trout to the Shawes Arms on London Road.

I am not sure whereabouts they enter the Guild Wheel, but if this is not stopped soon, somebody is going to be seriously hurt or, God forbid, killed. The Guild Wheel is used by many families for riding their bikes.

Has anybody else reported the riding of motorbikes in this area?

I have this week rang the 101 police line to report this.

Name and address supplied

Help this local project win

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Remembering Cuff’s shop

Regarding Cuff’s confectionary shop in Looking Back (LEP June 20), you asked for information about it.

My name is Joseph Jackson, I was born in 1933. In 1939, when the war started, I was six years old and lived with my parents and two brothers at 10 Acregate Lane South, opposite Leo Cuff’s shop.

Rationing came into force for clothing, food, and sweets.

We got a sheet of coupons for the month of 4 ‘e’s and 4 ‘d’s. I think an ‘e’ was for two ounces and a ‘d’ for one ounce of sweets. We used to use our coupons at Leo Cuff’s shop.

We knew Leo, who was a devout Catholic who used to attend early mass daily.

He had a son called Bernard and a daughter, I believe, who was called Agnes. You state that the photo comes courtesy of Sara Cuff and I wonder if she is a descendant of the family, possibly Bernard’s daughter. I don’t know if Bernard is still living, but he would remember the Jackson family at number 10.

It would be nice to be able to share memories. If Sara or any of the Cuffs would like to contact me, please contact the Lancashire Evening Post for my details.

Joseph Jackson via email

n If anyone has any photos of Cuff’s shop, please email barry.freeman@jpress.co.uk for a

future Retro article.

Paying our respects

As a little girl over 60 years ago, I recall a framed photograph of a soldier in full uniform taking pride of place on great-grandma’s sideboard, always with a poppy attached to the frame.

This was her grandson, Private Harold Bamber. He died in Anzio 1944, during the Second World War Italian campaign. He was 19, and the son of Ada Bamber of Preston. In June this year, my husband and myself visited Italy to trace the war grave of Harold. He is buried at the Beach Head War Cemetery in Anzio.

It is a peaceful location and the graves are kept immaculately. It was a moving experience. We placed red roses of Lancashire on the grave and wrote in the book of remembrance. I feel we have done the right thing to see Harold at rest. I know his mum, his grandma and my mum could never have made this journey. I don’t know if there are still family members in the area, but we made the visit on behalf of all of you.

Maureen Whitman, Preston