Letters, Monday, December 29, 2014

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A privilege to serve the community

AS we approach 2015, it is hard to believe that I am already more than half way through my year as chairman and what a privilege it has been so far.

 I have attended all kinds of community events and it has been an honour to meet so many people who do remarkable things for others.

 I have been overwhelmed by the kindness shown to my wife and consort Maxine and I, and we are looking forward to meeting many more inspirational individuals and organisations during the rest of my term as chairman.

 For my New Year’s resolution I will endeavour to raise as much money as possible for the chairman’s charities – the Great North Air Ambulance and Butterwick Hospice.

 I would like to thank everyone who has given us such a warm reception and express our gratitude to everybody who has donated to these charities. I also hope that 2015 brings health and happiness to the people of County Durham.

 Furthermore, as the New Year approaches, I ask you to think about those who are unwell, who have been bereaved, the elderly, the vulnerable and those who feel lonely, to be a good neighbour and I hope those serving our country abroad come back home safe.

 To you and your loved ones, I send my sincere best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year.

John Robinson, JP,

Chairman of Durham County Council

Mike was up there with the very best

SO sorry to hear of the death of Mike Elliott.

 I had the pleasure of working with Mike on many occasions in the Folk Clubs in the 1970s – especially at a club we ran together at Seaton Carew, which even managed to book the great Stephane Grappelli on one occasion.

 In a decade which brought to the fore the likes of Billy Connolly, Jasper Carrott and Mike Harding, Mike was right up there with the very best as a small room folk comedian.

 Regulars at the Bluebell Folk Club in Seaburn in the 1970s will recall the way he used the disc jockey’s ‘stand’ in the disco room as a pulpit when telling his irreverent yet hilarious ‘Geordie Bible’ stories.

 He will be sadly missed.

Keith Gregson

Ashbrooke

Festive greetings at wrong address

I’M hoping readers can help me trace Jenny and Alex Jackson of Fulford Grange/Park.

 For two years I have received a Christmas card addressed to just Mr and Mrs Jackson, Fulford Grange – no number or street name.

 Enquires around the estate have proved fruitless.

 The senders are Hetty and Stan.

 Would anyone recognising these names, please be advised that your festive wishes aren’t reaching their intended recipient.

A Jackson