Readers’ letters - December 17

PNE's Paul Huntington applauds fans ' but a reader says fans can sometimes forget others in their enthusiasm. See letter
PNE's Paul Huntington applauds fans ' but a reader says fans can sometimes forget others in their enthusiasm. See letter
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Don’t ruin game for others

I go to every home game and a fair number of Preston North End’s away matches as a season ticket holder, and can vouch for the ‘loud and proud’ support the team receives.

Whilst the results are ultimately down to the efforts of the players, there is always the sense that they respond to the passion of their following in a very positive and determined way on the pitch.

The game at Burnley was won via a strong challenge from Tom Clarke, a driving run from Keane, and Garner and Johnson’s link up at the far end when less energetic and hard-working players would have been tempted to funnel back and see out the last few minutes.

Two goals resulted from players pushing themselves to the limits and the terrace support clearly played its part.

One criticism I would make of our support is that, individually and collectively, in far too many cases, the progress of the game is less important than the exchanges with opposition fans.

To this end, all chants and insults have to be delivered from a standing position and accompanied by much waving and pointing.

If you’ve brought a youngster along, your view of the action will be reduced and his will be non-existent.

The elderly lady, two rows back, would have to grow a foot taller to glimpse at any action.

In fact, to see the match for which you’ve bought a ticket and paid for transport, you are obliged to stand for the 90 minutes and, if you are a little boy or lady of short stature, tough! You don’t get to see a thing!

The police and stewards, acting on orders presumably, did not venture to try to solve what, I admit, is a major problem, although any individual violent or threatening behaviour would have been a signal for action, presumably.

Stay loud and proud lads, but not at the expense of ruining the occasion for others and, by the way, I don’t ‘hate’ Blackpool or any of our local rivals,

I just love getting a result against them!

A Summer, New Longton

A new fangled answer for road

I was listening to Radio Lancashire the other morning, and the topic of conversation was whether you could park on Preston’s Butler Street car park, and get off it the same day.

There was a nice man from the council, who suggested that the whole thing was blown a bit out of proportion.

The shared scheme and filtered road programme were doing fine, he said, but then it was announced that they were placing traffic marshals at the top of Butler Street and Corporation Street, and possibly one at the corner of Lune Street.

How lovely and very Victorian!

I know it might sound a bit ultra-modern, but has anyone heard of these newfangled whatsits?

I believe they call them traffic lights?

Nah! Wouldn’t work!

Allan Fazackerley via email

Thoughts with those suffering

It is four years now this Christmas Eve since my husband died. He had Alzheimer’s for eight years. I miss him as much now as four years ago when he died, although realistically I had lost him those eight years before. Does one ever come to terms with the loss of a partner?

There is always some moment every day when I think of him and wish he were still here. May a cure be found soon for this dreadful disease. I guess it is more poignant to me because of the time of the year. Thank God for my family and friends.

To anyone who has lost a loved one in this way, I say ‘There will be a cure one day’. We have to hope and pray for those who still suffer.

Joan Bithell, address supplied

British citizens must come first

The Conservative Coalition Government enshrined into law that 0.7 per cent of our GDP is spent in foreign aid through officials from the Department of International Development (DfID), who scour the world in order to find suitable projects to support.

This equates to £30m every day and is set to rise to over £16bn every year by 2020.

While the good people of Cumbria and other parts of the country suffer the damage and misery that the floods have caused, I’m sure that they will be delighted to know that we have reduced our risk management and defences budget by more than £100m, yet we have still managed to send around £1m on flood barriers in the Serbian city of Lazarevac.

Surely our own citizens should come first?

After all they pay the taxes that finance our country.

But our apologist career politicians spend the money as if it were their own, forgetting where it should be spent and whose pockets it came from.

Our current Prime Minister and his Conservative Government tell us “it’s the right thing to do” (one of his favourite expressions) and try to make us all feel guilty if we don’t agree with them (just as they use climate change as a convenient excuse to cover their backs).

Well, enough is enough and Mr Cameron and his Government should wake up the follies of their ways. The British citizens should come first, and they will remember those who have failed them at the elections next May.

Philip Griffiths, North West President, UKIP (UK Independence Party)

Review house developments

This may be pointing out the obvious, but after this week’s floods, is anybody at Wyre Borough Council now reviewing the amount of housing and the sites for house building currently under deliberation?

Name and address supplied

Trip longer than Major Tim’s

Every evening it takes me seven times longer to travel the one mile to the Broughton roundabout from where I work in Fulwood than it did for Major Tim Peake to reach Earth orbit from blast-off...

Just saying.

Soyuz Said via email