Letters, Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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Denise’s decision a disappointment

I AM very disappointed Denise Robertson has given her backing to plans to close nine libraries in Sunderland.

 What have the councillors said that has so convinced her to change her mind about the closures?

 She said that the councillor and officers with responsibilities for libraries are library enthusiasts, so then why are they closing them?

 It’s no good Denise Robertson saying she will shed a tear when the libraries close because another disused building is another nail in the coffin for Sunderland.

 I understand the reasons to save money and I know that the purse is not bottomless, but will the council find a use for these buildings or will they fall into disrepair and become eyesores?

 That then incurs costs to demolish or renovate. This all then defeats the object of saving money, so tthe people of Sunderland once again are out-of-pocket and suffering the loss of these vital amenities.

Linda Storey

Sweet memories

SARAH Stoner wrote an article with a video of Tommy Lynn, who, I didn’t know, was a confectioner.

 My folks were confectioners in Sunderland as were Alf and Joe Marlee, Norman Allen, Ivor Hodgson along with many others.

 As a little boy during the war, I lived at 4 Parkside, East Herrington, with my two older sisters, Mavis and Pauline. Mavis was nine years older than me and Pauline, who is still alive, is six years my elder. So when I was five, Mavis would have been 14 and Pauline, 11.

 Hughie Lynne would be Mavis’s age, but I always knew him as the Radio Man of Holmeside. All the teenagers would meet at the Board Inn or Harrison’s shop. There were barricades at the Board Inn but the crowd included Dereck Lindsay Lodge, who Mavis married.

 There was Frank Begg, son of Billy Begg the butcher, Phillip and Robin Patterson, The Green twins, who both got state scholarships, and Big Bill Cambell, of Dunwoodie’s, who ran the “Dads’ Army” of the Home Guard.

 St Chad’s Church was a wooden hut on the other side of the road. Milk was delivered in churns by pony and trap, from Green’s Farm at the Top of the Mile Bank Hughie Lynne lived in a bungalow at the top of the “Mile Bank”.

 There were no Thorney Close houses until you came to the Prospect on the right side going into Sunderland. There were houses on the right hand side from, the East Moore Pub which became the Double Maxim Pub to Plains Farm.

 I have tried to find Hughie Lynne’s address, but I now live in Cockfield and have had no success.

 This has brought lovely memories of childhood back to me. Thanks a million.

Little Billy Craggs

How hypocritical

SO Barack Obama felt humbled after visiting Nelson Mandela’s cell at Robben Island?

 The hypocrisy of the man is unbelievable!

 Perhaps he should pay a visit to the US prison at Guantanamo Bay and see how humble he feels then?

 Putting aside how you might feel about anyone’s cause or alleged crimes, at least Mandela was afforded a trial before he was imprisoned, unlike the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay who have been held for years without even being charged. As bad as the apartheid-era in South Africa was, it appears to have had more of a semblance of justice than modern-day America.

 When will the world finally see through Barack Obama?

John Fowler

What a great idea

WHAT a great idea by Mike Ashley to do away with the out-dated Shearer’s Bar at the Sports Direct Arena and rename it Nine.

 Presumably this is in honour of Sunderland’s record 9-1 win there in 1908.

 Thanks again Mike, keep up the good work.

Graeme Wallace