Reader’s letters - Monday June 08, 2015

Hough Lane area of Leyland needs a bit of attention from police and council, according to one reader
Hough Lane area of Leyland needs a bit of attention from police and council, according to one reader
Have your say

Children need discipline

While doing my weekly shopping recently in the supermarket, the occasion was blighted by a toddler, sitting in a trolley, with the grandma pushing it.

The toddler was screaming, and for 30 minutes, everyone had to put up with the irritating noise.

Probably, the child had learned that it could get what it wanted from mum by screaming, so was adopting the same tactic with grandma who, fortunately, didn’t seem to give in to their demands –hence the continued screaming.

When I was young, mother only had to give me a disapproving look, for me to know I had overstepped the accepted boundary.

There is no doubt bringing up children is the hardest job in the world. But if you discipline a child and couple this with lots of love, you give it security and the child can learn the boundaries of what is acceptable behaviour.

Good manners mean consideration for other people, and a well-trained child will grow into a happy, caring and well-adjusted adult.

Mrs J Geddes, ddress supplied

Great retailers need support

For some considerable time in the Hough Lane/Turpin Green area of Leyland we have experienced various criminal incidents which have caused distress to many well established businesses, who not only offer many personal services, but the service they offer is of a very high standard.

Businesses selling ready-made curtains, fabrics, hairdressing, carpets and a wide range of top quality ladies and gentlemen’s clothing, the latest in fashions of shoes and accessories for a wide range at the upper end of the market, all with personal services.

The presence of the beat bobbies always helps shoppers and visitors in our town to feel safe and secure, which recently I am sorry to say has been sadly lacking, and this also deters people of criminal intent.

Also the general condition of the footpaths in the Hough Lane area of Leyland are very uneven and extremely dangerous with rain filled pot holes, some parts of the pavement have shrunk to such a degree which causes difficulty walking to gain access to businesses who pay considerable amounts on window dressing and making the exterior attractive.

As retailers give services to members of the public, they in turn require from all authorities to maintain business.

Mrs Marguerite Ralphs, Leyland

Our wonderful health service

I have had quite a bit of involvement with the health service over the past year or so.

It started with a heart attack (eight days in Chorley Hospital), then I had a blackout near the gates of Runshaw College and was rescued by four students (12 days at the Royal Preston Hospital for treatment and diagnosis of the cause of the blackout), then a new heart valve (five days at the Blackpool Victoria Hospital) and finally (I hope!) a pacemaker fitted recently (one day at Royal Preston Hospital).

When I think of the expertise of my heart surgeon, cardiologist, nurses, radiographers, phlebotomists, clinical physiologists, pharmacists and many more staff, and the years of study, training and experience that they have accumulated for the benefit of my health, I simply cannot believe that some people criticise the National Health Service.

Without exception, this skill and care has been provided in a most helpful and compassionate manner and all of this hasn’t cost me a penny.

I tell you, living in this corner of the UK, with the hospitals we have in our area, we are fortunate beyond measure.

Norman Farnworth, Leyland

Looking ahead to show time

On behalf of the Garstang Show committee we would like to say a huge thanks to Winmarleigh Young Farmers for putting together a fantastic float to celebrate Garstang Show’s 200 years celebrations and the Young Farmers involvement in the show, with a float entitled - “Garstang Showing 200 Years of Farming”.

The float displayed farming through the ages, with old fashioned milk maids sitting at the front right through to robots milking the cows at the back.

Garstang Show has long been an important part of our farming community with the first show held back in 1813.

So, we thank again Winmarleigh Young Farmers, their families and helpers from the show committee for demonstrating the celebrations so well with a first place at the children’s festival!

David Hewitt, Garstang Show chairman

Monarchy long been out of step

I find it strange that Mick Gradwell has taken all this time to arrive at his present day attitude to the Monarchy (LEP June 4).

The flummery surrounding this archaic system, has always been an unnecessary expense, not just in times of austerity.

The attitude that a person is born special, simply because of their parentage is an outmoded concept.

Understandably, based on the oaths of allegiance of his former employment, he must find his present stance difficult.

That is perhaps why, he still describes himself as a loyal subject, rather than a loyal citizen.

Denis Lee, Ashton

Velvet days in the cotton mills

In reply to your photo about cotton mills (looking back May 28), I worked at the Manchester Mill on Mosely Street off New Hall Lane. I was a weaver and was only 17 at the time. I was Trisha Finney back then.

It used to make velvet and was the last remaining mill in Preston. This has been closed down now and houses are being built on the site. Preston was full of mills years ago and I wonder who makes velvet now.

Trisha Bond, address supplied