Letters, Thursday, July 23, 2015

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Festival was big success

I would like to thank all involved in the organisation of the free Summer Streets Festival, which took place in Thompson Park over the weekend.

Particular thanks are due to Arts Council England and The Cultural Spring, who, in turn, funded and organised the event.

Now in its second year, Summer Streets offered a great variety of entertainment from Southwick Samba Band and the Whitburn Singers to critically-acclaimed local group Hyde & Beast – there really was something for everyone.

I was pleased to be able to help out as a volunteer on Saturday and after speaking with many festival goers it was good to learn the event had attracted people not only from local communities but from the wider North East as well.

If our bid to bring City of Culture Status to Sunderland in 2021 is going to be realised it will be in part because of the successful delivery of events such as the Summer Streets Festival. This weekend has only strengthened our hand. Roll on Summer Streets 2016.

Councillor Miles Elliott,

Southwick Ward.

Can you help this reader?

I am looking to find a man named Thomas Cunningham who was retired and living in Hylton Road in 1999.

I am researching my family tree and came across an article in the Echo from 1999 which related to an ancestor of mine who died in the 2nd Boer war.

The article mentioned Mr Cunningham, who was researching the men from Sunderland who fought under General Vaux and were given the freedom of the city.

I am hoping that if after 16 years Mr Cunningham is still around I may be able to find out anything he discovered. I can be contacted at the email hilary@hilaryclark8.wanadoo.co.uk.

Hilary Clark,

Via e-mail.

Thanks for a great show

My husband bought tickets to the Elvis Musical at The Sunderland Empire, Love Me Tender, for my birthday.

We went to the afternoon matinee on Wednesday and it was a great show.

The cast were perfect and we enjoyed every minute, so thank you to all the cast for their performance, and I hope all their other audiences appreciate it as much as we did.

Contented Watchers,

Hylton Castle.

Some summer

Well, this summer is turning out to be a bit of a damp squib.

Roll on climate change I say.

Carl Lavine,

Hendon.