Readers’ letters - October 30

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Consider animals this Bonfire Night

Remember, remember the 5th of November and by all means have your fun, but please keep in mind this time of the year is no fun for our pets.

It’s terrifying for them.

They can panic when fireworks are let off, then run away and get lost or injured, so please keep cats and dogs indoors whenever fireworks are being let off and try to be at home with them on bonfire night.

Do not take your dog to a fireworks display, that’s very cruel.

Don’t forget the smaller animals, like rabbits, which are kept outdoors.

They get frightened too and are not in a position to run away and hide.

Bring their hutches indoors into a cool room, shed or garage and give them extra straw to bury themselves in while the noise is going on.

Do tell neighbours with pets in advance if you are going to let off fireworks, so they can be prepared and think of our precious wildlife and check for hedgehogs in your bonfire before you light it.

A little consideration towards our four-legged friends will be very 
much appreciated.

Josephine Harwood



Super new stroke unit

In recent times, the NHS has suffered a great deal of criticism, but I was delighted to receive an invitation to the official opening of the Huggett Suite on October 30. This is a new acute stroke unit in the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

I had accepted the invitation in good faith, only to realise I had another outing on the same date.

So, after attending the regulatory planning meeting which passed the NHS Car Park Build – also fantastic – I decided to call at the RLI on my way home.

When I entered the department and explained my dilemma, I was delighted to be invited to a tour of the suite by the head nurse. I met more of the staff on the ward.

They were pleased I had shown interest.

Wow, what a super new ward it is, with all the state-of-the art equipment on hand for immediate treatment of serious strokes. All decorated in bright shades of purple colour to cheer you up.

One lady already being treated in one of the bedrooms said to me: “It is a wonderful place to be cared for”.

This new facility shows where the money is going – in the right place.

We should all be grateful for our wonderful National Health Service.

I certainly am, because in the past when I needed it, it was there for me, and it is for us all.

This is why it was first launched, in Manchester, in May 1948 by Minister of Health Aneurin Bevan.

As he put it: “No society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied medical treatment because of lack of means”.

Coun Sheila Denwood

Scotforth West


Vale of Lune’s pitch perfect

On Saturday, October 21, I went to watch the Vale of Lune first team play Wilmslow. I usually watch half a dozen home matches each season.

I was amazed at the high quality of the playing surface and, as a sports groundsman myself, I appreciate the hours the ground staff must put in manicuring the grass to achieve presentation of such a high standard, even the peripheral, off field areas, had received the same attention

The game was played in heavy rain, however, the pitch looked virtually the same at the end of the match as it did at the start, a sure sign of good cultural practices.

It is generally accepted that high quality playing surfaces in any sport play a key role in increasing participation and retention rates and inspire players to perform to higher standards.

The presentation of the ground is a credit to Vale of Lune Rugby Club and I congratulate all of the hard working ground staff. Keep up the good work.

Peter Robinson


Carnforth Cricket Club


UN Goodwill Ambassador

Am I a megalomaniac? Have I, at best, turned a blind eye to the killing of tens of thousands of my own people?

Have I rigged to my advantage every single one of my country’s votes? Have I wrecked within a generation the vibrant economy of my country through my ineptitude and avarice?

Am I seen as a model of greed and incompetence, and regarded with utter contempt by most of the world?

No? Damn. There goes my chance of being elected a UN Goodwill Ambassador.

Allan Friswell

via email


I brought up son as a boy

So the term pregnant woman is no longer acceptable to be used as it’s offending the transgender community.

When I was pregnant, I was a pregnant woman. Why shouldn’t I be called that?

I had a son. I didn’t bring him up gender neutral, he was brought up as a boy. I didn’t feel the need to do what Paloma Faith is doing and letting my child decide what gender he was.

Some people are born in the wrong body. We know that, and they should be what they want to be in time, but what’s wrong with bringing up a child the sex it was born? We shouldn’t have to jump on this new trend, thanks to certain celebs dishing out parenting advice.

Jayne Grayson

via email