Letters, Saturday, June 29, 2013

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More needs to be done to help lonely

Loneliness is as bad for our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and is worse for our health than obesity. It affects nearly three million older people across England.

 Because of this, the prevention of loneliness should be a priority for those making decisions about our health and wellbeing locally.

 We recently looked at the priorities of every health and wellbeing board (new forums for senior local health and care officials) in England, and have found that the board in this area has not acknowledged loneliness as an issue that needs to be addressed.

 We urge the health and wellbeing board to rethink this.

 We also call on anyone concerned about this issue to get involved in Loneliness Harms Health, so they can convince the board in this area that loneliness matters to them

 To learn more about this issue, visit our website: www.campaigntoendloneliness.org.uk/

Marianne Symons,

Campaigns Officer,

Campaign to End Loneliness

Forces reunion

I ORGANISE visits to the Egyptian Canal Zone where I served in the 1950s along with thousands of other personel.

 I know many service people from this area were stationed there during the troubled times of the 1950s.

 Many of our service personel died and are buried in the cemeteries that we visit –Ismailia, Fayid, Moascar, tel-el-kebir.

 I will take photos of any friends or loved ones graves if anyone would like me to, or if anyone would like to join us there are a few places left on our next trip, leaving April 26, 2014.

 We will be visiting Cairo and staying at a hotel in Ismailia, overlooking Lake Timsa, and visiting other places in the Canal Zone.

 I am limited to 30 places on this reunion visit due to the fact it is still a Military Restricted area – spouses are welcome.

 Anyone wanting more information can contact me by ringing 07814 832441 or emailing alfavison@talktalk.net

Alf Avison,

Middle East Land Forces Association,

PO Box 99, Spalding,

Lincolnshire PE11 9NS

Cemetery a mess

I WAS visiting Whitburn Cemetery on Front Street. What a mess it was.

 The garden near the house was overgrown with weeds everywhere. The grass had been cut but just left to rot. It looked awful.

 It used to be so tidy. Please do something about it.

Margaret Crosbie

Marquee mystery

I WAS delighted to learn that we are once again hosting the International Airshow, despite the austerity and cut backs we are experiencing.

 This will bring many visitors and much-needed revenue to local businesses.

 However, I am curious to know if the Mayor’s marquee, which is erected on the seafront during this two-day event, in which, I’m told, the Mayor, councillors, their families and friends are wined and dined funded by the taxpayer of the town. Maybe someone from the Civic Centre could enlighten me and other taxpayers.

R Campbell,

Pennywell

An all time great

JOHNNY Cash was born on Friday, February 26, 1932, in Kingsland in the United States of America.

 He was one of the all time great Country and Western, Gospel, Rock ‘n’ Roll singer-songwriter and actor.

 He was nicknamed the Man in Black and signed to Sun, Mercury Columbia and Legacy records. His hits included I Walk the Line, Ring Of Fire, Don’t Take Your Guns To Town, Goodbye Little Darlin’, I Love You Because, It Ain’t Me Babe, A Boy Named Sue, The Wind Changes, If I Were A Carpenter, Get Rhythm, Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down, Men In Black, A Thing Called Love, Bull Rider, Last Time, That’s The Truth, Rusty Cage, Chicken In Black and Let Him Roll.

 Johnny’s films include Five Minutes To Live, Night Rider, Hootenanny Hoot, A Gunfight, Gospel Road – A Story Of Jesus, Thaddeus Rose and Eddie The Pride Of Jesse Hallam, Murder In Coweta Country and Stage Coach.

 He mixed with stars such as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Bill Haley, Jim Reeves, Buddy Holly, Wanda Jackson, Dolly Parton, Sam Phillips and Roy Orbison.

 Sadly on Friday, September 12, 2003, he passed away at the age of 71.

 I won’t forget the Country and West, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rhythm ‘n’ Blues, Gospel, Folk Music singer-songwriter, actor and author icon, the late Johnny Cash – a great man.

Terry Christie