Letters, Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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Just a thought to help alleviate chaos

I REMEMBER the south end of Holborn Road being well served by Go Ahead Northern and Stagecoach bus services.

 The routes were as diverse as South Shields to Sunderland, the number being 537, and what a wander that was, but it sadly ceased operating first. The next route to go was Witherwack to Grangetown, number 6. When it was announced that they were taking it off, the lads and lasses getting on the last bus were saying “mind I want me ticket please” so the bus company would see that the service was being used – all to no avail of course.

 The final route to leave was the Helmsdale Road to the Docks, the number 14 – that was a canny little ride as well but now the two bus shelters stand there all forlorn, unused after many years of service and the 14 is now the 5 or 5A, missing out Holborn Road to go along Springwell Road on its merry little way to Doxford Park, I believe.

 Nevertheless, this is all just reminiscing as I no longer reside by the old Grindon Fire Station but I still make use of public transport.

 I have observed that the junction of Chester Road and St Michael’s Way, which incidentally wends its way through Robson’s Flour Mill, as it was, on its way to the New Durham Road roundabout has been horrendous since Green Terrace was made one way to accommodate taxis, I believe.

 So I would like to make a suggestion to help alleviate the aforementioned chaos on St Michael’s Way by asking the bus companies to make use of the little road that runs off the Royalty pub, which used to be used by both the 537 and the 14, which is now the 5 and 5A and perchance either the 2A or the 2C, leaving the 16 or the 78 to facilitate a service for the students on Chester Road.

 Just a thought…

Alan ‘The Quill’ Vincent,

Old Penshaw

Recognise British

WHILE all the focus has been on the visible effects of recent mass immigration – the strain on jobs, housing, schools, hospitals, etc, what is rarely mentioned is what it means for the indigenous communities.

 The ethnic English are now a minority in many areas of the country, which has led to a growing identity crisis, enthusiastically aided and abetted by those on the left, many of whom actually believe the English aren’t a distinct people at all.

 Tens, if not hundreds, of millions of pounds are given to charities and other organisations working exclusively on behalf of ethnic minority groups. In contrast, the English get virtually nothing. The English, ethnically and culturally, are invisible to most local authorities, and as we have seen in Rotherham and Bradford, the welfare and subsequent abuse of vulnerable English girls, were given a lower priority than maintaining good race relations.

 As has been the case in other countries, when a people suffer from low self-esteem, it often leads to higher crime, binge drinking, and lower standards of education, all of which are plainly evident in today’s society.

M Brown