Letters, Friday, September 14, 2012

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Give us a station to be proud of

AS WE have read on so many occasions in letters to the Echo, Sunderland’s city centre has problems that need addressing in almost any area you are to look at.

 One of them, despite recent substantial investment, continues to be the railway station, or to be more accurate, its entrances/exits.

 The current main one, at the southern end, still perpetuates the impression of a two-bit backwater rather than one befitting the expectations of visitors to and residents of the city it serves.

 The northern one, if it can be found by other than regular passengers, gives the feeling that you’re sneaking into somewhere via the “tradesman’s entrance”.

 When in Sunderland recently, the sorry-looking, now-empty TJ Hughes building made me, as it probably has others of a certain age, think of how good this northern entrance to the station used to be before the sell-off to facilitate the modernisation of this area.

 Around the same time, another classic feature of the then town – Palmers Arcade – was similarly despatched to the Holy Grail of the developer’s cheque book.

 These two things together lead me to think what this area could look like and I recalled visiting Carlisle a short while back and how impressed I was by the wonderful job that city has made in redeveloping a large chunk of its centre, blending contemporary with traditional in a lovely arcade complex (a similar, but smaller-scale, scheme can also be seen at Morpeth). Both developments have been built to a very high standard and are a pleasure to visit.

 Such a development on the Hughes site in Sunderland incorporating open cafes and a mix of quality retail outlets (and dare a I say public toilets?) leading through to an open, welcoming entrance to the station would give residents another area to be proud of and visitors to the city the kind of reception/farewell they now expect and deserve (at least at one exit).

Mrs J. Brunt

Windermere

Cleadon

Not quite Harrods

You can’t judge a book by its cover, they say, and you can’t judge a person by the shopping carrier bag they use, but I am often seen wandering around 
The Bridges with my Harrods carrier.

In fact I take it everywhere with me. I have visited the store on many occasions mingling with the rich and famous.

It’s expensive to park in their car park, £10 per hour, but what the heck, it’s worth every penny and the shoppers are something else.

They are very polite, they all acknowledge you and you never hear any foul language.

There even is a commissioner who always tugs his forelock when I arrive.

It’s not a bit like Sunderland.

To put this into context, when I was driving around the city the other day in the Jag, I spotted two men involved in a brawl over parking and less than 10 minutes later, I witnessed a man getting out of his car connected to a oxygen bottle attempting to enter a bookies.

You certainly would not see that outside of Harrods.

Neither would you spot folk walking about with a Poundland or Netto carrier bag.

It’s not that I have anything against these stores, but me with carrier bag from one of these stores? No.

Personally I think that I look rather dashing with my monocle and Harrods carrier.

It’s very durable has lasted for ages.

I would advise everyone to visit Harrods if they get the chance.

Mick The Pen Brown

A mother’s love

The love between a mother and daughter never ends

It is the sweetest love of all.

It’s filled with joy and serenity

And all the things that any family could ever hope to share.

It is a simple kiss in a hug or voice on the phone.

It keeps them close together and travels far beyond the 
home.

The love between a mother and daughter exists in a special place where “always” always lasts.

And “forever” never goes away love grows wherever you are.

Eleanor M. Whitmore,

Aged Miners Homes,

Stockton Road,

Seaham

Producing thanks

I AM writing on behalf of Streetcare to thank our friends at the Corporation Road Allotments for their kind donation of produce.

 It is very much appreciated as we operate on a purely voluntary basis and rely totally on donations to help with our work with the homeless and those in need on Wearside.

 Once again, very many thanks to the allotment holders for their support.

Dick Donaldson,

Food and Meals Co-Ordinator,

Streetcare,

Sunderland