Letters, Thursday, April 25, 2013

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Passion is what derby is all about

I’M responding to the letter printed in Thursday’s edition (April 18) by Chris Tranter, a Newcastle supporter.

 He was disgusted at the actions of a few Newcastle supporters after the game against Sunderland. He was very worried that all Newcastle supporters would be tarred with the same brush.

 Well, don’t worry Chris, we all love the derby games and the passion, but you can rest assured that 99 per cent of Newcastle fans are just like us at Sunderland, passionate, faithful and crazy about their team.

 So don’t worry, most of us can see it exactly for what it was, a mindless few with too much drink boiling over.

Ian W Wright,


Yobs given ban

CONGRATULATIONS to the managers of the pubs and clubs in Washington for making a stand against the drunken yobs who are making life a misery for decent living people, by banning them from the town centre. At last we have a town that has got together and said enough is enough, let’s do something about it. I hope other towns take notice.

 I had a letter in the Echo on March 22 saying, after visiting my brother in the USA his town controlled the trouble makers just as Washington are doing now. When I told him he said, I hope they have the same success we have had. Now he said, they have public houses for the over 20s to attract the older responsible patrons.

 So good luck Washington.

M Thompson,

Hylton Road,


Something special

WELL Lady T has gone. What a woman. All fair people would agree she was special, regardless of their politics.

 A person immaculate in her appearance, thought, presentation and action. “Dither” was not a word in her vocabulary but the words “action now” most certainly were.

 Time was her enemy. Even holidays were treated as workdays.

 When she entered a room, she created an atmosphere without speaking, truly a force of nature. Please, anyone reading this, lay down your political thought for a moment and consider the force that was this woman. Compare your own efforts in life with hers, mine are feeble.

 If she had been born a miner’s daughter in a pit village, she would have either taken over and ran the place, or realised the limitations and left forever.

 Any faults in this paragon of virtue? Of course. Solutions were no problem as she saw them immediately, the problems of post action to rectify the consequences did not occur to her – she saw a snag and corrected it.

 Thus, she realised that industries begun in Victorian times were inefficient so they had to go and anyone unconvinced had to sort their own situation out, thus villages built for mineworkers, or steelworkers, were left to rot as she took on another major Government matter.

 While the plight of people in the way of her plans were ignored, we find that personally her efforts on behalf of unfortunates were as immaculate as ever.

 No one wrote more letters of appreciation, or met and sorted out problems for folks, or remembered to write to friends in need or after personal misfortune. Even at 3am she would ensure a card was sent to a friend at birthdays. She turned up at Chelsea Hospital to help every week. Should I go on?

 No one prepared more than her. She knew more about her Ministers’ affairs than they did, thus was she feared. She once stood in the House of Commons for one and a quarter hours, blasted everyone with facts and did not have a note in front of her.

 Come on you cynics, this was indeed someone special.

Allan Wilkinson,


Views will differ

MARGARET Thatcher has been acclaimed as a saint by her admirers and a wicked witch by her enemies.

 Adolf Hitler was idolised by millions but detested by even more.

 Fascism is praised by some but hated by others.

 Football is accepted as one of the most important things in our lives but, I dare to state, it is a waste of time and on par with train-spotting (I expect to make more enemies for saying this which is only an opinion).

 We all turn our ideas into facts or dogma.

 We all like to think that we are good and in the right and that those who oppose us are bad.

 They probably feel the same way about us.

John Watson,


Great achievement

OUR daughter Karen Mary Scott has just given us news that has made us so proud.

 On March 22 she became a Doctor of the Environment, a Research Scientist Micro Biologist.

 Karen is 27, and attended West Lea Primary School, Seaham, and then Seaham School of Technology gaining eight GCSEs.

 Karen then attended Houghall College, Durham, gaining four A levels, from there she went to Beverley Bishop Burton College where she achieved a Bachelor of Science. She then went to Hull University achieving her Masters in Animal Science and Behaviour and then on to achieving a Doctorate.

 All this was achieved through hard work and ordinary comprehensive schooling, which had been stated a few months ago in the paper that it could not be done.

 Wherever you come from, if you want to learn you can. But isn’t it good coming from the North East and gaining this achievement?

 Well done Karen.

Mrs Scott,