Reader’s letters - Monday 10 March 2014

Reader Brian Ross celebrating his 70th birthday lunch with Sir Tom Finney
Reader Brian Ross celebrating his 70th birthday lunch with Sir Tom Finney
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On the family history trail

Thanks for the help with the John Herbert story (LEP February 22), much appreciated. I was contacted by a gentleman from Preston who told me he had purchased from a second hand bookshop a book that belonged to John Herbert. Amazing!

The book is the Preston Guild Merchant 1952 Official Record.On the inside cover, with the PP Lamb coat of arms logo, it reads, ‘Presented to John Herbert esq. a member of the Town Council during the Guild year 1952, signed John J Ward, Guild Mayor.’

To think 62 years later the book is in the hands of his great-grandson - you couldn’t make it up. Also while searching the records and maps of the old Preston Cemetery for John Herbert’s grave or headstone I unexpectedly came across the grave of my other great-granddad, George Atkinson!

No-one in the family going down generations ever knew where George Atkinson was buried, only that he was buried in the family Weir grave (he married into the Weir family).

Preston Cemetery has now informed me John Herbert never had a headstone upon his grave, just a burial plot, of which four Herbert family members are buried, his mother, wife, son, and himself. All intriguing stuff!

Andrew Atkinson, via e-mail

Dinner with a special guest

An abiding memory of the late, great Sir Tom Finney. Sir Tom and his family could often been seen having Sunday lunch at The Cottage, in Goosnargh.

Our families have been frequenting the restaurant for more than 40 years and would often have a quick chat with Sir Tom about the progress or otherwise of PNE.

As my 70th birthday approached my wife Marlene arranged a visit to The Cottage with our friends John and Margaret. Unbeknown to me, Marlene had contacted Sir Tom and invited him and his family Brian and Barbara to be out guests on my special day.

As the true gent he is he accepted. As we arrived at The Cottage we were shown to a table for seven. I was sure we had been allocated the wrong table. Why seven place settings?

Next minute who should join us but Sir Tom, Brian and Barbara. I was gobsmacked. We had an amazing and memorable lunch all chatting about old times.

At the conclusion of the lunch Sir Tom was about to pay for his family’s lunch and only on the insistence from my wife Marlene that they were our guests would he let her pay.

Sir Tom was a gentleman who would never taken advantage of a situation or take anything for granted.

Brian Ross, Lytham

Council’s cuts will hit charity

After the news from Lancashire County Council re: the withdrawal of recycling credits and as expected, the decision has been ratified by the full council, which means income from Longridge bottle bank will cease after the final payment in April.

As far as I am aware, the bins will remain in place on Booths car park after that date and will be emptied by the recycling company until it is no longer economically viable to continue with them, or that Booths ask for their removal.

Either way, the Bottle Bank Appeal will no longer get any financial benefit and I shall probably close the bank account and consider the scheme at an end.

The scheme has served a useful purpose during its 28 years existence, and the MS Society has benefited to the tune of £30,000 over that period for researching the condition, so I feel that it has been a successful and worthwhile project, and accept that all good things come to an end.

John Farmery, Longridge

Living on the city border

Regarding the article about the pub revamp (LEP February 28). When I read this I thought I don’t know this pub and it states it is in Fulwood so I decided to go and look .

Oh no, it is The Cattle Market Hotel built by Preston Council when it built the cattle market in 1867. Then it was The New Cattle Market so here we go losing another of our heritage also you state it is in Fulwood , well it isn’t, it is in Preston.

The border for Fulwood goes from Eaves Brook which crosses Garstang Road under part of Queens Road, goes under Plungington Road at approximately house number 323 from there it goes under St Cuthbert’s Close and on to Mill Lane.

The reason I know this is that I was born at 12 Plungington Road and when Fulwood came under Preston they changed the numbers to carry on with the Preston numbers, so 12 Plungington Road became 327 Plungington Road.

It would be nice to let home owners know if they are in Fulwood or not, especially those on the Cattle Market estate.

Eric Wilson, via e-mail

Marching band of Deepdale

In his column in today’s Evening Post (LEP February 24) Dave Swanton remarks that many old North Enders ask him to play ‘Maggie’ as it is their old theme song.

Close, it was ‘Margie’ and was played by the lovely old Brindle Brass Band who marched around Deepdale pre-match. When you heard this the magic was about to begin! I recall I once asked vie the Evening Post what Margie, I believe it was a favourite of someone on the board or maybe it wasn’t. That’s the benefit of old age, I’ve forgotten”!

Allan Fazackerley, Penwortham

Star’s wages are an obscenity

Nothing, nothing, nothing can justify a wage of £300,000 per week.

To the working man feeling humiliated at having to go to a food bank to feed his family or to the severely disabled driven to near suicide by yet another benefit cut such a wage isn’t just greed it is obscene.

One of the working poor,

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