Letters, Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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Sad demise of our public houses

PEOPLE may remember a letter of mine from about 10 years ago in which I endorsed the gentle removal and relocating of the much-missed Brewery Tap.

 It was consequently relocated to Beamish Museum, which was looking out for public houses of that ilk.

 Readers may also remember my subsequent apology for the letter as it hastened the demise of said public house (the letter was printed in the Echo on the Thursday and the destruction started the following Friday). Now it seems someone has remembered my letter and appears to be doing something with an old pub in Sunderland.

 You see, a month or so ago it came to my notice that The Red Lion in Roker Avenue was to be demolished. However, over the last few weeks I have seen scaffolding go up around the building and it seems to me it is being removed, brick by brick, leading me to think, is it to be “parcelled” up and transported to Beamish Museum for reconstruction.

 This, on my behalf, is pure speculation and it may be that the whole structure may eventually follow the frontage of The Half Moon, High Street, to America.

 I just hope it does eventually become rebuilt somewhere so it once again helps people enjoy ale in a convivial atmosphere.

Alan “The Quill” Vincent,

Old Penshaw

Go back to basics

ON Friday I was visiting Pallion.There I was, just sitting in the Jag with the engine running for two minutes as I scanned the financial times to see how the Dow Jones index was progressing, when a coarse and vulgar woman with a walking stick and a tartan shopping trolley opened my passenger door and attempted to climb in and ordered me to take her to Pennywell. 

 She had mistaken me for the taxi she had ordered.

 When I refused and gave her short shrift she left forthwith muttering a number if expletives that could not possibly be repeated in a local newspaper.

 As she left the trolley toppled over and a variety of own brand tins fell on the pavement.

 I was appalled by this attitude and wondered how the elderly expect to gain respect when they behave in this manner.

 It would appear that standards have dropped all over the place.

 Have you noticed how school boys are dressing these days?

 They don’t wear a proper uniform most of the time and very rarely have a tie fastened up to the collar. Quite a lot of them are using bad language and no doubt have been influenced and inspired by folk similar to the woman I referred to earlier.

 I don’t think that things will change until they bring back the cane or the birch. In my day no one would dare cause a disruption in the dorm or it would be a good thrashing and lights out at 7pm.

 It’s time to go back to basics.

Mick The Pen Brown

So much for unity

SO Tahir Khan rises again. 
This time taking Sunderland, his city, to task simply because the people of Millfield have the audacity to complain about a mosque being integrated within their community, something within their civil rights.

 I am Sunderland born and bred, from Pallion, 75 years ago, when an Englishman had the right to speak his mind on any subject, but sadly this ceased from 1997 when any lone voice overruled the majority.

 Correct me if I am wrong, but was not Christ Church turned into a mosque, or do Pakistanis not integrate with Bangladeshis? Says a lot for Mr Khan’s unity.

 In the days of the Raj India, Pakistan and Bangladesh were one country but in the late 40s, when the British came out, the country split up, causing much infighting and death. So much for integration Mr Khan if Asian countries cannot achieve peace.

 So how do you think you can walk into a Christian country and take over? England has lost its identity because of our own. It is about time we got it back. Your remark about Sunderland bringing shame on Britain, Britain brought its own shame when it bowed to any foreigner who came to our shores. I for one did not.

A Genther,


It’s a disgrace

I THINK it was disgusting that James Mcclean was the only footballer in the premiership not to wear a poppy on his shirt on Rememberance weekend.

 This is a slur not only to the name of Sunderland FC but also to the memory of those who died in the two great wars as well as the present day, many of which I am sure have came from the North East of England.

 With all the controversey surrounding the race issue, what Mr Mcclean has done is bring politics into sport and this is an issue which, I think, the people of Sunderland should be made aware of.

 Mr Mcclean doesn’t seem to have any objection to British currency which the good people of Sunderland provide him with every week.

 At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we shall remember them

J Mcgivern,

Old Swan,