Letters, Friday, August 1, 2014

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Airshow made for a great weekend

ANOTHER excellent weekend at Roker/Seaburn.

 The forces were in usual top form.

 The Red Arrows showed the way, for Dakotas, Wellington, Spit and Hurricane displays, attended by thousands. What a sight to see the beaches in full use, and the coast road “chocca”. Everyone having a great time.

 No doubt someone will have a bad word to say for those three days – to them I can only say thank your lucky stars we had fighters and bombers flying overhead with nothing being dropped on us.

 Many nations across the world would love to see the battle planes in their skies for fun, enjoying the sight.

 Those nations see and dive for cover, not knowing who they will see again when they will raise their heads again or if they will.

 Be thankful, we only duck to avoid a few drops of rain, and dive in the sea.

 I’m sure even the passengers on the DFDS ferry enjoyed what they saw.

 May they display another 50 seasons in peace.

John Stott,


Support for play is much appreciated

I’D like to thank the 1,200 or so people who came to the Westovian Theatre in South Shields to watch the production of Fawlty Towers.

 Apart from being a hoot to appear as Basil Fawlty, hearing the audience laughing so loud was wonderful.

 One of the successes of a show is reflected in how many people remain behind to talk to the cast etc. It’s a part of acting I really enjoy, talking to people who have paid their hard-earned money to come to the show and talk about it.

 Unfortunately, I was unable to stay behind due to family commitments and I know a number of people wanted to talk to me about my future shows.

 I am currently rehearsing for I Left My Heart in Roker Park, my one-man show that tours in September and will be performed at the Customs House on September 19 and 20, Washington on September 25 and Gala Theatre Durham on September 27 and 28.

Paul Dunn

Good news – not

WHAT great news, the energy regulators, Ofgem, have announced plans to control electricity prices for the next eight years.

 They proudly boast that they intend to bring in tough new measures from April 2015 that they believe will save households the very impressive sum of £12 per annum.

 Yes, that’s right, 12 whole pounds. Almost 25p per week off your yearly bill.

 Just imagine what you can do with that – buy a new car, take a holiday, or maybe just open a new savings account.

 The trouble is, knowing the energy companies like we do, I’m sure they will find a way to recoup their losses and more.

M Mcardle,