A roundabout way of helping
I HAVE a personal anecdote about the Queen Mother’s visit to Harington Barracks.
Part way through the morning of the visit, with rain pouring down, someone noticed that the Cross Green roundabout was in a mess.
Workmen arrived to trim and weed.
My late father, feeling sorry for them and being a gardener so knowing what constituted a weed, elected to join them and help.
This was always a source of much amusement in the family since his view on the Queen Mother was that she was far too ‘sweet and fluffy’. He claimed to prefer Mrs Wallis Simpson as she was ‘smart and sophisticated’.
Nevertheless, in the afternoon the entire family stood on the pavement’s edge, still in the pouring rain.
As the limousine swept past, my father raised his hat and we all received a generous wave of the royal hand.
If the Queen Mother had looked the other way she would have seen that her side of the roundabout was pristine but since there had only been time to do half of it, the rest was still a mess!
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PAINTBALL and Laser Tagging Games in Formby Pinewoods? (Formby Times, March 12). Have we been the subject of an elaborate hoax or just simply lied to?
Formby Pinewoods is home to many species, including of the famous Red Squirrel, and it is a nature reserve.
How can it be possible that this area is being misused by this leisure seeking company?
Can it be possible that Sefton Council are ‘toothless’, and cannot ensure the safety of this valuable habitat?
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It’s not cricket
RE: Cricket club applying to extend licence (Formby Times, March 27).
May I point out, for the sake of truth, that the one objection was collectively on behalf of all the local residents, some dozen people.
That there has never been any previous formal objection is testimony to our tolerance of what is an increasing threat to convert a local sports club into a drinking club in what is essentially a residential area.
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Dispose of them
SO, Sefton council has requested that beach visitors should take away their rubbish following the recent spell of unseasonably temperate weather conditions.
For many years I have been a metal detectorist and fisherman and one item of junk in particular sticks out of our sand dunes and beach, like a sore thumb.
The cheap disposable barbecue is a menace to the environment.
Irresponsible users leave these terrible things all over the hills and they are a hazard to wildlife and they blight the landscape. Some people even bury them in the sand, but as soon as we get a strong wind they are exposed again.
Our native coastal eco-system deserves more respect than this.
I call for Sefton council to ban these appalling things from our beach now!
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