Readers’ letters - Monday, August 3

Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his third men's singles title at Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his third men's singles title at Wimbledon
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Beeb fails on sport coverage

Perhaps the most nauseating aspect of the Government’s possible reforms at the BBC was a “make you sick” letter from pampered and grossly overpaid “stars” to the Prime Minister.

Changes would diminish Britain, they claim.

This rubbish comes from such as Gary Lineker, Claire Balding and Stephen Fry, among many others.

One thing they have in common is that Aunty has helped to make them extraordinarily wealthy.

We have been brainwashed by claims that the Beeb remains the world’s most renowned broadcaster, and that it is the nation’s top entertainment provider.

Not if you like sport!

It all began to go wrong sports-wise when the Beeb lost its Test Match cricket coverage to Channel 4 in 1999.

The year after, the Ryder Cup went to Sky. Eight years later the FA Cup and home soccer internationals went to ITV.

In 2012 World Darts coverage was shared with ESPN and the Beeb had to share its Formula One coverage with Sky.

The French Open tennis went to ITV.

The sporting crown jewels continued to disappear from the BBC screens when Channel 4 snapped up the Grand National, the Derby and Royal Ascot in 2013.

This year there is only a share of the US Masters, with Sky.

The pain is to continue in a couple of years when the world’s greatest golf championship, The Open, becomes a Sky gem.

In 2024 the BBC will lose its overall coverage of the summer Olympics to the Discovery Channel.

There is not much left on the BBC sporting diary, is there?

Wimbledon could be a target for future predators.

In view of what has gone before, is even the tennis super-event 100 per cent sacrosanct?

Eric Greenwood, address supplied

Refugees not after benefits

Refugees do not come to the UK to claim benefits, most are unaware there are any. They come here to feel safe and because our country is world famous for being a safe haven.

Most live in poverty and experience poor health; almost all are not allowed to work and are forced to rely on as little as £5 per day; they do not jump queues for council housing and can’t choose where they live. The accommodation is not funded by the council and is often ‘hard to let’.

These facts are freely available on the Refugee Council website and are backed often by references to research and parliamentary briefings.

Tom Machell via email

Getting a sense of perspective

So many innocent human lives have been destroyed by evil rapists and child murderers. So many decent people live in fear of drug cartels and street gangs.

Most of these cases are given only a cursory mention in the media. But when one over-paid dentist kills a lion the whole of the media goes utterly mad.

Killing another sentient being for pleasure is a despicable act, but we need to cast a more rational perspective on events.

Aled Jones via email

Big thanks to businesses

I would like to thank all the businesses that donated prizes for the raffle drawn at the West End Festival. We raised £405.

The businesses were: Howard Hooper, Co-op Regent Road, Atkinsons fish & chips, Gizmos, Ranch House, Morecambe Bay Chemist, Kennedys butchers, Tomlinsons, Sainsbury’s, A & G hair, Iceland, Superbowl.

And thank you to Baytype Digital Print for the raffle tickets.

Julie Dixon, Friends of Regent Park


Have you eaten tasty ‘fly pie’?

Have you eaten any ‘Fly Pie’ recently?

I have and it was delicious!

Catching up on my reading recently, I spotted an article in the magazine of the Camping & Caravan Club covering Great British Bakes.

It included an article on Chorley Cakes which I quote as follows:

Chorley Cake

‘The Lancashire equivalent to Manchester’s Eccles cake, this is another delightful current-filled pie, but made with shortcrust, rather than flaky pastry.

‘The Chorley version also swaps some of its sweet for savoury – the pastry is unsweetened, there’s no sugar topping, it’s often eaten with butter spread on top and even a slice of cheese on the side. There’s scant evidence to indicate the recipe originates in Chorley but claims have never been disputed – and nor has the brilliance of it’s nickname, ‘fly pie’.

‘Large versions are served by the slice and known as ‘sad cakes’, possibly because they are made from leftovers.’

So, although I have lived in the Chorley area for well over fifty years now, it just goes to show, we are never too old to learn!

Graham Archer. Chorley

Parking issues and no support

Regarding your story Councils to join forces (LEP July 10), we read with interest that Peter Rankin is confident of this going ahead by the end of the year.

What we would like to know is it going to make our elected councillors more accountable to the electorate?

And can we get a reply from our councillors?

At the moment in time, no.

Residents like ourselves have written letters to our councillors regarding parking issues on roads including Wellfield Road.

We think traffic wardens are not enforcing a permit holders only zone. It appears there is no enforcement of single yellow lines or no waiting signs, and enforcement is nil.

To date, despite our letters and phone call, we have not had the goodness of a reply to ourselves.

There are also cars parking on the pavement, which is a bookable offence. It seems people are getting away with this each day.

Mr and Mrs Fazakerley, Preston