Readers' letters - July 17

Locals have been welcoming to us

Friday, 20th July 2018, 1:29 pm
Updated Friday, 20th July 2018, 2:32 pm
A firefighter thanks the people of Chorley, Euxton and surrounding area for their kindness and hospitality

I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the people of Chorley, Euxton and surrounds for their kindness and hospitality over the past few days.

I have been part of London Fire Brigade’s response to assist in the moorland fires which have engulfed parts of the area.

As well as meeting and working with colleagues from many other fire brigades across the country, we have been supported by so many volunteers, hoteliers, catering staff and emergency services personnel, who have looked after us well.

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We have had the good fortune to come into contact with many locals who have been so supportive, welcoming and friendly to us all.

We hope that we have been of some assistance and trust that, should help be needed in the future, fire brigades across the country can continue to support each other in increasingly difficult times.

Josh Smaller

via email

animal welfare

Surgery with no anaesthetic

I read with interest that recently a vote took place in connection with the supply of halal meat to Lancashire schools and am disappointed to not have had the opportunity to express an opinion – perhaps this vote was only open to certain areas or parents of schoolchildren.

Whilst I have not (thankfully) been present when this process takes place, a colleague who has worked in the meat industry and travelled widely described the process as akin to medical surgery without anaesthetic!

Surely our supposedly humane society should not allow the suffering associated with the practice.

John Wood

via email

animal welfare

Stun before slaughter

I am so happy Lancashire County Council has voted against offering unstunned halal meat in our schools.

I cannot understand the objections made by LCM as, firstly, the animal is still alive after stunning (only stunned) and secondly the Quran does not forbid stunning first, so what is the problem?

Thank you councillors for doing the right thing and standing up for animal welfare.

No animal should be slaughtered without first being stunned.

Alison Gabbott

via email

city centre

Filthy streets

of Fishergate

I heartily endorse Pam Paisley’s views on how dirty the (relatively) new paving on Fishergate is (LP Letters, July 14).

I walked along there before 9am the other morning, when the pavements were fairly deserted, apart from the beggars, and the overall effect was awful.

Dirty, stained, grubby and unkempt.

What made it even worse was a section near a seat HAD been cleaned, and it really stood out.

And this is Preston’s ‘premier’ shopping street!

Surely regular effective mechanical cleaning was costed into the project from the start?

Oh, I forgot, this is Preston......

D Rhodes



Trump to

tempt Boris?

Boris Johnson was born in the USA.

He could claim dual citizenship with that country.

This gives his new best buddy, Donald, the opportunity to appoint him to a post in his Cabinet, as there are regular vacancies.

They could exchange cosy, ‘gaffes I have committed’ evenings, or the relative merits of the coiffured look to the haystack tonsorial styles favoured by these two Blond Buffoons. I am sure Theresa May will gladly give Boris a reference.

Denis Lee



A fantastic day in Garstang

Re: Garstang Ice Cream Festival. Wow, what a fantastic day!

Garstang like we’ve never seen it.

Thank you to the Independent Garstang Traders for conceiving the idea and for organising the Ice Cream Festival.

Bob Sapey