Your Say - Thursday October 18

Launch: Abbey Village School pupils and County Coun Tim Ashton pictured earlier this year
Launch: Abbey Village School pupils and County Coun Tim Ashton pictured earlier this year
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Vary speed limits across the day

I have read all the recent news regarding the continuing introduction of the 20mph limit on roads across Lancashire.

The message is that this reduction in speed will help save lives. The target for the road safety seems to be to save children’s lives. Anything that can be done in this direction can’t be bad.

However, when I am trying to observe this limit the drivers who seem oblivious of these limits are either transporting children on school or public buses or have children as back seat passengers in their cars.

The 20 limit sign is too easy to miss/ignore if you have driven along a busy road previously at 30mph.

Why not have the speed limit restrictions put on these roads at the times when there are likely to be children about. For example 8.30am to 10am and 2.30pm to 5pm during the school terms with signage that has flashing lights on at appropriate distances from the schools. All side roads and estates should have a 20mph limit that is sensible and easy to observe. There has to be some responsibility taken by parents for the safety of their children on our roads. They need to know where they are and what they are doing. They should have been given the best road safely training from an early age.

This would surely help prevent more tragic road fatalities.

Lets make road safety a sensible, workable project not an expensive white elephant.

Barbara Wilkinson, via e-mail

Case of killer bug are high in city

I was saddened to read that three people, including a baby and teenager, are currently battling meningitis in Lancashire (LEP October 15), after several previous cases in the summer.

Everyone at Meningitis UK read Aasma Day’s article with great interest as it precisely and accurately described the importance of learning the symptoms.

It was moving to learn that Royal Preston Hospital bosses said they have treated 15 cases of meningitis between June and September.

This is particularly high, so reinforces the need for everyone to know the symptoms, which could help save lives.

It must be stated that meningitis is not easily passed between people and is spread through prolonged close contact.

Meningitis and associated diseases are notoriously difficult to diagnose as they often present with flu-like symptoms.

The sooner the disease is detected, the better the chance of survival and chance of avoiding life-changing after-effects such as brain damage, amputations, hearing or sight loss.

We believe prevention is the only way to truly stamp out the disease and developing a preventative vaccine to protect against all forms of meningitis and associated diseases is our sole focus at Meningitis UK.

Our Search 4 a Vaccine Campaign aims to raise £7m to fund lifesaving research into eradicating all forms of meningitis.

If any readers would like a symptoms information pack, including wallet-sized symptoms cards, or to find out more about supporting our Search 4 a Vaccine Campaign, they can call Meningitis UK on 0117 947 6320 or visit

Kate Rowland, chief executive, Meningitis UK

Unravelling gable face mystery

With reference to the letter from Paul D Swarbrick (letters October 15), it may be of interest to readers to learn that, although the premises are now known as ‘Revolution’, they occupy a historic building that was once known as the Sun Inn.

My records of the place go back to the early 1800s, and it may well be that it precedes that date.

In the late 1860s there was a period when it promoted itself as the Sun Inn Music Hall, offering ‘Great Musical Attractions.’

It was one of many inns and taverns to did so, mainly during the third quarter of the 19th century.

The story about the face on the apex of the gable end is new to me.

It would be interesting to hear from somebody suitably qualified to give some indication of the longevity of the plaster-work, and, indeed of any other instances. Perhaps a plasterer’s trademark?

For other items of interest connected to Preston’s old inns and taverns, visit

Steve Halliwell, pub historian, Cottam