Letters, M0nday, April 2nd, 2012

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Modern-day form of appeasement

I CAN now see the 1930s happening all over again, when Winston Churchill was a lone voice in the wilderness.

Will the idiots never learn that appeasement never wins? It only makes you look weak and ready for conquest, and whether it is by force of arms or by stealth, it comes to a point where you have to fight to stay free.

We have a great many “quislings” who appear to be willing to put Europe and its interests ahead of our own well-being, exactly as happened in the 1930s.

This should not be, because they are supposed to be British, not European.

Why are we being disarmed? We have no navy, air force and precious little army to talk of.

“Peace in our time” was a famous misquote. Thank God for Churchill.

Today we have UKIP. They tell you a lot more about Europe than other parties would like you to know.

The current administration, as with their predecessors, can only think of the surrender of power to Europe, which will, in time, allow them to succeed in doing what they have failed to do over the last 1,000 years – destroy us as a nation.

Why? Because we are, once again, the last bastion of liberty in a federal Europe.

If we go under it will be the beginning of a new dark age which will make the late communist Russia look like paradise on Earth.

Be warned!

Brian Rice, Westheath Avenue, Grangetown, Sunderland

Memories of ’63

EVERYONE has memories of the past, wonderful ones, and this is one of my wonderful memories of the 1960s.

But before I get to that, I will tell you where I was brought up. I was brought up at Southwick, Sunderland. I was born in 1950 at Knox Square. In the house where I was born in the kitchen on one side was the bathroom, on the other side was the coalhouse. All the houses were built like that.

In the sitting room we had a big fireplace with a built-in oven. At the back of the fireplace was the boiler and when anyone wanted a bath mam would build up the fire to warm up the water.

Now for my wonderful memories. It’s 1963, the big freeze. I was just 13. To me then it was great seeing all of that snow coming down.

I remember at Knox Square I was standing in the front garden in the snow, watching it coming down. The snow was that thick I could not see the top of the square. Even the windows were covered with frost.

That was then. Now I’m getting on to be 62.

Edwin Robinson, Zetland Square, Sunderland

Thanks to staff

I WOULD like to thank the staff at Beachcomber Care Home for their dedication to duty on the night of February 28/29, when they were called upon, some from their homes, after a ball valve failed in a water tank, flooding four bedrooms.

The staff, some in their night attire, moved the occupants into temporary accommodation (lounges and spare rooms) and everyone was settled and safe, rather than having to move out to other care homes. All occupants affected are now back in their own rooms.

I would also like to say thank-you to all the staff at Beachcomber Care Home. They are our angels and make this a very happy home.

Mr F. H. Lumsden, Residents’ representative, Beachcomber Care Home, North Road, Seaham

Spectacular show

ON Saturday night (March 24) I once again paid a visit to the Empire theatre where I went to see the Rotary Club’s presentation of The Youth Music Spectacular.

To say I was amazed is an understatement. I tried to pick out which to my mind was the best, but it was an impossible job.

To see all those youngsters, all 300-plus of them, putting their hearts and souls into performing was, as I say, amazing.

Every act was just that bit special and to pick out any one more special than the other was impossible.

The organisers put on a show that was exceptional (and with a free glossy programme to boot).

This, to my mind, was one of the best Youth Music Spectacular shows I have seen and could put a lot of professional shows and artists in the shade. At the end all the cast got a well-deserved standing ovation. I can’t wait for the next show.

If I’m honest I enjoyed the Fagin Irish Dance School a little better than the rest. But only just. But maybe with a name like mine I’m just a bit biased.

My congratulations to all the performers including the Youth Orchestra.

X Factor and BGT haven’t got a look in where these performers are concerned.

George McCarthy, Portsmouth Road, Pennywell, Sunderland