Reader’s letters - Friday 30, 2014

Rev Nick Mansfield, Penwortham mayoress Dorothy Gardner, Houghton Weaver Tony Berry and Penwortham mayor Melvyn Gardner at the launch of the Penwortham food bank
Rev Nick Mansfield, Penwortham mayoress Dorothy Gardner, Houghton Weaver Tony Berry and Penwortham mayor Melvyn Gardner at the launch of the Penwortham food bank
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‘Vultures’ abuse food bank

I should like to commend all those people in Penwortham and Surrounding Districts who generously support the Food Bank at the Penwortham Community Centre.

I should allso like to commend those, who freely give up their time as Volunteers,to distribute the food at the Community Centre to those in need.

Unfortunately the system they work to at the Food Bank is too flexible. The only criteria in place for a person to walk in and pick up carrier bags of freely given food is their postcode.

Of course, there is a need for Food Banks, but there will always be those who are willing to abuse the system. These individuals have no pride and certainly no conscience, when they turn up week after week for their weekly shop. They are like ‘Vultures’ attracted to a dead carcass.

These people are receiving enough benefits to feed themselves. I personally see them coming from the local ‘Bargain Booze’ shop carrying their liquid food, this on a regular basis.

If they have not enough money for food, then they should try giving up smoking, drinking and taking drugs.

The minority of the people who attend the Food Bank are perfectly decent people who have a real need.

It is very satisfying for me to speak out against this abuse, because I know personally the ‘abusers’, who live in the Kingsfold area.

Michael Norris, Higher Croft, Penwortham

Three stooges of UK politics

The three stooges had faces as long as a milk round.

Dodgy Nick, Slick Dave and Ed the Muppet sat at the gaming table with the Banker.

‘Your call’ said the Banker to Dodgy Nick, who shoved his last 57 chips onto the table, picked up and looked at his cards. ‘I’ve got nothing – I’ve lost it all’ said Dodgy.

The Banker looked at Slick Dave, who stared back then blinked. ‘I’ve not got enough to see you’ he said. ‘You can borrow Dodgys’ chips if you want’ said the Banker, ‘you might win.’ ‘No, I can’t do that’ said Slick Dave and threw his hand in. His only friend in the room – Boris – chuckled ‘you made a right Eton mess of that’.

Ed the Muppet, his nervous tic working overtime, looked at his cards.

His friend, Lenny Mac, stood at his shoulder said ‘ You’ve got a good hand, I’ll give you plenty enough chips to see him.’ His other friend, Ballsy, looked and said ‘Yeah, we won with that hand last time. Remember ?’ ‘OK’ honked Ed the Muppet, and played his hand. ‘But I’ve only got a busted flush’.

The Banker smiled, lent back in chair, sipped his pint and lit a cigarette.

He turned his cards over. Four one spots. ‘And I’ve got all the aces’ he said. ‘ I’ve got U kippered this time lads’.

The three stooges agreed.

You can’t fool all the people all the time.

Pete Hanslip, Lostock Hall

Tunnel under the old Co-op

In the Looking Back section of the Opinion Page last Friday, you showed a picture of the old Co-op Emporium (the ground floor of which is the Great Times restaurant). I wonder if your readers are aware that there used to be a long tunnel under the road between the old Co-op grocery store opposite and the Emporium. I trundled trucks along it many times over 50 years ago and it was about 7 or 8 feet wide. At a rough guess, I would think it passed somewhere under where the bus stop is currently sited.

It may have been filled in years ago, but it may just have been sealed at each end in which case the void will still exist.

Jim Walker, Cambridge Court, Preston

Bitter taste over beer book

I find it bitterly ironic and sourly condescending that the organisers of this year’s Clitheroe Beer Festival chose to send their patrons away with carrier bags displaying the slogan “Buy CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide”, when the 2014 edition of said book does not list a single pub in Clitheroe.

Our town has a variety of pubs, virtually all of them serving traditional hand-pulled cask ale, and as a collective we are faring better than most against the nationwide trend of pubs permanently closing. Why do CAMRA insist on snubbing Clitheroe in their “Good Beer Guide”?

What criteria is so specific that an entire town is deliberately ignored?

As someone who has worked in the pub trade for nearly 10 years, such an affront is a downright insult to the people who work their backsides off around the clock all year round to accommodate the public.

What CAMRA is doing by excluding Clitheroe from their book is not only refusing to acknowledge the efforts of the many people employed by the pub trade in this town, but also diminishing the wider portrayal of Clitheroe in terms of tourism and travel. Essentially, they are leading others to believe that Clitheroe is not worth visiting!

Such an abuse of privilege was enough to convince me to boycott the Clitheroe Beer Festival this year, as well as any other future CAMRA organised functions, until CAMRA open their eyes and realise that Clitheroe has plenty of good beer on its own doorstep.

Jason Menzies

Assistant Manager, New Inn, Clitheroe

Their labour funded luxury

Cllr Terry Cartwright (LEP Letters) was right to mention the human costs of Courtauld’s Red Scar factory. Many will remember its acrid smell.

Visitors to English Heritage’s showpiece Eltham Palace, London SE9, can see the Courtaulds’ decadent lifestyle funded by their profits. You can admire the elegantly restored art deco entrance hall; the specially-designed enclosure for Mah Jongg, the family’s pet lemur (fed by servants); and Virginia Courtauld’s gold and onyx mosaic bathroom with gold-plated taps.

Cllr Cartwright’s acid-stained dad and his workmates did not labour in vain.

Aidan Turner-Bishop

The Boulevard, Frenchwood, Preston