Letters, Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

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Happy times at popular nightclub

MEMORIES of my nights at Genevieves/Mayfair nightclub in 1978-1979.

The atmosphere was fantastic. Genevieves had cubicles which were little cars. Mayfair had a revolving stage and there was the “well known tree”. If anyone met anyone of the opposite sex and arranged to meet the following week they all met under the tree.

Every week there was a mass of people underneath it. Halloween parties were brill, with the hanging man above the dance door and the bouncers dressed up.

Every week everyone was greeted at the door by very well-dressed doormen in black dickie bows under the authority of the manager, Ray Buxton.

Genevieves was the only nightclub which played the best 70s disco music by Chris Cowie.

Such a pity this club closed down. Everyone was always happy to be there. Kids today don’t know what they have missed.

Allyson Timm, Brighton Road, Darlington, Co Durham

Champion chippy

A WHILE ago I wrote bemoaning the lack of a decent fish and chip shop, after most of them were taken over by people who didn’t know of the love affair people in this country have had with the dish for decades, or the mystique that surrounds their manufacture and presentation.

Well, after a long while denying myself I started looking for the “coley grail” of the decent F & C purveyor, and after a few false alarms, I have finally found one and a good ’un at that.

The shop is spotlessly clean, the gentleman and his son who run it, along with staff are congenial, like to have a laugh and a joke with customers and the service is first class and the menu is vast. Say what you want and you get it, cooked perfectly.

I don’t know if I can tell you where it is (Why not? The Echo runs a very good column on local eateries. I know because I try those as well).

Anyway, here goes: Fountain’s Fish and Chip Shop is the name and it is at Carley Hill, so there!

A. E. Steel, Phoenix Road, Sunderland

Tattoo memory

JACK Robinson was almost right regarding the Sunderland tattoo. I was a Beefeater at Ashbrooke in the 1950s. I was a member of 463 HAA Regt (7DLI) RA TA. The (7DLI) was part of the regiment’s title.

I had to get the bus from Seaham to Sunderland dressed as a Beefeater – without the pike, mind you. It did turn one or two heads on that journey.

Derek Black, Seaham

Moaning Mick

POOR Mick “The Pen” Brown is upset at the cost of keeping Fulwell Mill going.

I don’t remember a letter of complaint about Britain lending £10billion to the IMF. What he seems to forget is – it’s only money.

The Mill costs coppers in comparison.

I’m getting a bit “browned off” with his moans. Why not pull down Penshaw Monument, Mick? I could use the stone in my garden.

John A. Stott, Stridingedge, Blackfell, Washington

Demolition pain

IN the 1930s Sunderland Council started slum clearance in the old East End and they should be commended as the squalor was said to be terrible. Unfortunately the old Custom House, among others in Ettrick Quay, came down as well, which is a shame as the building was ordered to be built by none other than Queen Elizabeth herself. You can just imagine the scene.

ER: “I see there is no revenue coming in from the port of Sunderland. How so?”

Taxman: “Your Majesty, Sunderland has no Customs House to collect taxes for you.”

ER: “Forsooth! Get up there and build a Customs House forthwith, Taxman.”

Taxman: “At once, your Majesty.” (Sound of footsteps dashing up to Sunderland to order a building to collect revenue from the shipping coming and going). And the rest, as they say, is history until Sunderland Council came along.

Then soon after came Hitler who helped carry on the destruction of old Sunderland. After the Second World War the council restarted the destruction of old Sunderland, the Victorian railway station, Palmer’s arcade, the town hall, Crowtree Road, High Street West etc.

The point of this tale of woe is the pain I feel every time an old bit of Sunderland is demolished hurts me a lot, so could I ask the council to mark the few old buildings left and pull them all down in one fell swoop, thus causing me huge pain but no more after.

By the way, I have my sarcastic hat on at the moment.

Alan “The Quill” Vincent, Old Penshaw

Wrong headline

ON Tuesday’s Letters Page and on the Letters section of the websote, a letter of thanks from Ian Stewart, chairman of Farringdon Detached FC, appeared under the headline “Plane crazy”, which was mistakenly copied over from another letter on the page. We apologise for the error.