Gordon Burns goes online at Ormskirk Library
Image by Lancashire County Council
A FAMILIAR face to viewers of the BBC’s North West Tonight news
programme visited Ormskirk Library earlier today to lend his support to
an initiative to encourage people to make the most of the internet.
During his visit to the library, Gordon Burns joined local people as
they found out how they can use the internet to do their shopping,
looked for a new hobby, applied for a job, researched their family
history, used social networking sites such as Facebook and stayed
up-to-date with the latest travel information.
The sessions have been organised by Lancashire’s Libraries and
Information Service and Lancashire Adult Learning. They are part of
Lancashire’s commitment to the Race Online 2012 campaign which aims to
increase the number of people in the country using the internet by the
time the Olympic Games start next year.
Speaking at the library, Gordon said he is keen to encourage everyone to
give the internet a try: "There are still plenty of my generation
(mature) who have not yet embraced the internet and who are perhaps a
bit frightened of it. Don’t be. Believe me if someone as technologically
hopeless as I am can use it competently and confidently, anyone can!
"It’s getting almost impossible to cope these days if you aren’t online.
So take courage and go for it. To email, order shopping, manage your
bank accounts and book travel tickets in your own home at whatever time
you want is so liberating. I’ve even downloaded Skype and regularly chat
to my close friends in Sydney and Los Angeles
"It’s great to see as well as hear them. And you may find this hard to
believe but it’s totally free! So, do it now. Get online. You’ll never
Mike Calvert, Lancashire County Council’s Cabinet member for adult and
community services, added: "I’d like to thank Gordon for taking the time
to support this initiative. His story is typical of so many people of
our generation. I’ve had a similar experience with getting to grips with
the internet and, as Gordon was saying, I haven’t looked back.
"There’s no doubt that people who don’t have access to the internet are
at a serious disadvantage these days."