Readers' letters: 'If we all do this together, we’ll beat coronavirus'

No sooner than Boris has announced the next lockdown and I hear the reasons and excuses as to why he is wrong, too slow, too quick, lack of consultation, told you so, will work, won’t work and so it goes on.

By Clare Kelly
Friday, 8th January 2021, 12:30 pm
Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Throughout 2020 we have lived in an ever changing, fast changing world where nobody could predict what is coming next.

Boris says thank you and compliments all those that have followed the rules and he is right.

But let us not forget those that have not, those that think they know better, those that think a party is their right, those that think a mass gathering to protest is more important than life itself.

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It is time to take stock, to realise this can be beaten.

We do have vaccines but it takes time, patience and cooperation.

Think of others rather than yourself.

Protect others because if you don’t, the virus will punish many.

The virus is out to get us.

If we work together, regardless of politics, we win in the end.

If we all go our own way and blame others, the virus will have a field day.

I have seen an amazing community spirit that has shown support and people working together.

We have seen individuals stand up to help others and make things happen.

We have seen the NHS staff turn out, day in and day out, to make the difference.

We have seen key workers putting themselves at risk to make sure we have food in the shops, milk on the doorsteps and medicine available for us.

There has been an army of delivery folk getting your on-line order to you.

It is time to remember what makes Britain Great.

It is time do our bit.

We might not like it, we may think we know better, but if we all do it together, we win.

Trevor Hart

via email

Celebrate this abolition treaty

Government websites tell us that “the UK must – and does – act in accordance with the rule of international law”.

Strange then that the same Government remains hell-bent on ignoring the United Nations Treaty on the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons which will come into force on Friday, January 22, 2021.

From that date, with support from the overwhelming majority of countries in the world, the Treaty will define all nuclear weapons as prohibited weapons of mass destruction, just like chemical and biological weapons.

This is surely a crucial issue, not only for the whole world, but also for our local communities.

The time is long overdue for the skills of workers at BAE Systems in Barrow to be redirected to socially useful purposes, rather than being squandered on building components for the Trident nuclear weapons system.

It is time that our local authorities took action to stop nuclear warheads from being carried along our local roads and motorways.

And it is time that our local MPs put pressure on the Government to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons.

We need to celebrate the coming into force of the Treaty on the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons on January 22 and there are plenty of ways to do so.

For example, all our local authorities, religious leaders, local councillors and others could respond positively to the invitation by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) to pledge their support for the Treaty.

In doing so they would be both recognising the catastrophic humanitarian consequences that would result from any use of nuclear weapons and calling on the Government to sign the Treaty.

Philip Gilligan

South Lakeland and

Lancaster District

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND)


Big thank you to doctors

I would just like to say a big thank you via your paper to the doctors running the ‘Covid Remote Ward’ from Chorley Hospital.

My partner and I were both tested for Covid on Christmas Day and both had a positive result.

We were devastated and very poorly.

On Monday, December 28, we received a phone call from Chorley Hospital telling us we qualified to be part of the newly set up CoVid remote ward.

Later that day a Fingertip Pulse Oximeter was delivered to our home which was to measure our oxygen levels and pulse rate.

A doctor phoned soon after to check our readings, give us lots of advice and make sure we knew we could ring them 24/7 if we had any concerns.

Over the next eight days we have had sometimes three calls a day, checking our readings and generally finding out how we were feeling.

You have no idea how much a great comfort this was.

We were so scared and felt so ill but we really felt we were cared about and help was at hand should we need to be admitted to hospital.

The doctors running this service deserve a ‘Huge, Huge Thank You’.

I am sure a lot of people have gained comfort from this service during a very stressful time.

Glynis Castle

via email


Help for residents

Just a reminder that there is still a dedicated phone number (07552 680591) and email ([email protected]) for anyone in the Longridge area who is vulnerable and/or isolating who requires assistance with shopping and/or collection of prescriptions.

With the assistance from volunteers in the community, the phone and email account is available seven days a week from 8am to 9pm, with assistance being provided as soon as practically possible.

Town Clerk

Longridge Town



Thank you to kind helpers

I wish to thank the taxi driver (Coopers ) who came to help my wife and I when we both fell on icy pavement on Steeley Lane, Chorley, on Saturday morning.

He was passing in his taxi and stopped and helped us up.

He was very concerned and offered to run us home.

A young lady in a nearby shop also came to our assistance.

Both were very caring.

It’s nice to know there are such kind people about.

We are both in our 70s, so it was a bit of a shock.

Luckily the only injuries we suffered was to our pride!

Peter Tattersall