Letters, Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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It’s hardly a first class service

ONCE upon a time, in my living memory, Royal Mail provided a customer service of three letter collections a day, Monday to Friday.

 Then to improve the customer experience and speed up delivery times, this was cut to one evening collection, and customers were promised a ‘next day delivery’ for first class letters, while the cost of a letter went into the stratosphere.

 En route from Sunderland’s leading shopping centre on Seaham’s redeveloped seafront promenade, I stopped off at the post box at Seaton Stores (B1404) at 4.45pm to discover that the only collection is 9am.

 This means a first class letter posted after 9am will take two days to be collected, so making a three-day delivery for first class.

 Back on the road, I landed at Herrington just in time for the last 5pm collection and next day delivery.

 This effectively adds an extra day to delivery times in areas that do not benefit from late afternoon collections.

G White,

Sunderland

Artworks here suffered too

PRICELESS images are smashed in the Middle East in the name of religion.

 We have been through all that because the Church of England ordered the destruction of beautiful statues and stained glass windows at the Reformation.

John Watson,

Sunderland

Fabulous Fifties

JOAN Regan was born on Thursday, January 19, 1928, in Romford Essex. She was the original great British singer from The Fabulous Fifties and Swinging Sixties.

 She signed to Decca, Pye and EMI Records with her first hit Ricochet released on Friday, December 11, 1953. Follow up hits included Someone Else’s Roses, If I Give My Heart To You, Wait For Me Darling, Prize Of Gold, Open Up Your Heart, Papa Loves Mama, Happy Anniversary, One Of The Lucky Ones, It Must Be Santa and May You Always.

 Joan mixed with stars such as Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard and the Shadows, Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, Shane Fenton and the Fentones, Buddy Holly, Wanda Jackson, The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Manfred Mann, Bo Diddley, Mike Sarne, Eden Kane, Tommy Quickly and the Remo 4, Cilla Black, Lulu, Ruby Murray, Alma Cogan, Dusty Springfield, Billy J Kramer with the Dakotas, The Searchers, The Tornados, Bob Dylan, Michael Holliday, The Who, Screaming Lord Sutch, Adam Faith, John Leyton, Mike Berry with the Outlaws, The High Numbers, The Hollies, Freddie and the Dreamers, Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Fourmost, Johnny Cash, Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps, The Dave Clark Five, Gene Pitney, Don Charles, Billy Fury, Marty Wilde, Dickie Pride, Tommy Steele, Dave Sampson and the Hunters, Billie Anthony, The Undertakers, The Dennisons, The Big Three, The Eagles (UK), The Animals, Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames, Small Faces, The Four Pennies, The Four Tops, Michael Cox, Rolling Stones, Jet Harris and Tony Meehan, Peter and Gordon, Sandie Shaw, Ray Charles, Frank Ifield, Sue Thompson, Bobby Vinton, Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, Connie Francis, John Barry Seven, The Roulettes, Heinz Burt, Janie Jones, The Mudlarks, The Avons, Danny Williams, Alan Price, Eric Burdon, Kenny Lynch, Joe Loss, Morecambe and Wise, Richard Anthony, Russ Conway, Craig Douglas, Mark Wynter, Dora Bryan, Joanie Somemrs and Kathy Kirby.

 Sadly, on Thursday, September 12, 2013, she passed away at the age of 85 in London. She was the great, lovely singer icon, from the Fabulous Fifties and the Swinging Sixties Music – the late Joan Regan.

Terry Christie,

East Herrington