Letters, Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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Murray does not deserve knighthood

APPARENTLY David Cameron may give Andy Murray a knighthood.

Well done to Andy ... but with all due respect for his magnificent achievement, I strongly believe that if he is given a knighthood, Cameron will again be making a mockery of our honours system.

Do you really think that people who ride bikes, run around sports arenas or participate in events which win them gold medals at the Olympics deserve such an accolade?

Surely an Olympic gold medal is honour enough – after all, they were just doing their normal job – and this when soldiers, policemen firemen and lifeboatmen get little or nothing from putting their lives on the line every day.

Are we really expected to believe that all those people who unselfishly devote their lives to charity are less deserving than those who make their living playing games?

And what about those nurses and doctors who, like the athletes, are just doing their jobs

The honours system is part of our heritage and Cameron is turning it in to one big joke.

M. Mickey,

Sunderland.

Spoilsport store

Southmoor School Steel Band played The Bridges last Friday, collecting for good causes – and very good they were too.

Thank you to all who donated and enjoyed the band. But a black mark goes to the staff and management of one department store, who asked them to be quieter.

It was a steel band, for goodness sake. What miseries.

I hope one day you’ll be as proud of your grandchildren as I am!

Disgusted Gran.

Wonderful support

Once again, Sunderland Echo readers have responded to our work, this time for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham, which premiered at the Gala Theatre, Durham, last week and played to full houses and rapturous applause.

The show was written to celebrate the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels (albeit briefly) to the North East, and the Venerable Bede (a Wearsider) is an important part of that story as well as the region’s intriguing history.

Our brief was to be irreverent and funny. We hope we succeeded in that, while giving people a brief summary (in 100 minutes) of 1,400 years of Northumbrian history.

The response and feedback has been overwhelming.

We’re always humbled by the fact that people pay their hard-earned money to come along to see our work and, once again, we’d like to thank the 2,500-plus people, many of whom were from Sunderland, who took the time to see the show.

As we have said many times before, it saddens us that we haven’t played Sunderland with any of our 10 professional plays due to a lack of mid-size (500-seat) venue. Hopefully this will change in the future.

Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood, playwrights.

Marvellous charity

I have only recently discovered what a very deserving and worthwhile charity Paws for Thought is.

After a stray cat and her four feral kittens arrived in my garden and other organisations were unable to help, I contacted Paws for Thought who have been absolutely brilliant.

Their founder Lynn must devote every minute of her time to the hundreds of cats and kittens whom she and her volunteers care for each year, solely relying on donations from the public as they receive no other financial help.

Jean was the volunteer who has helped us so much, by spending many hours with us until finally all the kittens were caught and their mother was taken to be neutered.

She is a very dedicated and caring person, as she also works as a Marie Curie nurse and every other minute of her spare time is with Paws for Thought.

I know Paws for Thought would be grateful for any donations and also for their charity shop in Fulwell.

R.Hedley,

Houghton-le-Spring.