Letters, Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Push the boat out for charity

ROTARY clubs across the North East are hoping that a fiery fund-raising initiative will be a roaring success.

 This September the region will be hosting a major Dragon Boat Race and teams are being sought to take part in what promises to be an exciting challenge.

 The event on September 5, which is taking place at Hetton Lyons County Park, Hetton, will challenge teams of 20 to beat the clock for the chance to compete in a final race and win a number of prizes, along with raising money for their chosen charity.

 Community groups, work colleagues and friends are being asked to join forces and enter a team, at a cost of £400 per boat. Proceeds from the event will be split between The Great North Air Ambulance and good causes picked by the teams themselves.

 The event will run from 9am to 4.30pm and along with the day of racing, a whole host of additional entertainment is planned, to make it a day out for everyone.

 This is the first time we’ve held the Dragon Boat Challenge and it should be a great day.

 The day is not only going to be a lot of fun for everyone who wants to watch but also a good way for community groups and colleagues to enjoy a team activity with a difference.

 It’s a great opportunity for people to support a charity that is important to them and have a lot of fun at the same time.

 The new charity event is just one of the initiatives organised by Rotary North East, which works to support people in need across the region.

 Teams wishing to take part in the event must submit their entry form and a deposit of £100 by May 29, in order to secure their place. The full balance must be paid by July 6.

 For more information about the Dragon Boat Challenge visit www.dragonboat.co.uk or email peter.calvert3@ntlworld.com or by ringing 0191 528 5446.

Peter Calvert

Lots of city roads need sorting out

I READ in the paper recently that they were going to change Bridge Street back to two-way traffic after all the money that was spent on the Wheatsheaf system for the new supermarket.

 Does our council not look at other places that need doing urgently?

 I mean Southwick Road, the road is very narrow, buses stop to pick up near zebra crossings, no bus lay-bys and how the emergency services cope I do not know.

 I spoke a while ago to a local councillor about opening up Stoney Lane to traffic instead of travelling along Southwick Road down the church bank round on to the 1231 then over the Alexandra Bridge. Even the councillor said it was a nightmare.

 While I am on the subject, Finkles Crossing on North Hylton Road, if one of our new buses is coming down you nearly get pushed into the barrier because it is on a bend and the buses are wider.

 So come on council look into these first before the Wheatsheaf system.

Brian Taylor,

Fulwell

There are too many takeaways

WHAT is happening to Pallion shops?

 We have lost the post office and now they want to have another Indian takeaway.

 How many takeaways do we need in Pallion?

 It’s like Blackpool Illuminations on a night time. Also, another card shop has been allowed to open.

 This cannot make good business sense for the shops that are already there.

 Come on, councillors sort this out.

Mrs S Woodhams,

Pallion