Will pier work be wasted money?
THE planned opening of the tunnel under the pier will cost £1,000,000 plus. Will it be value for money or just a waste (again)?
At the moment, the tunnel accesses the lighthouse.
As a novelty, you should try it at least once. It is a half-mile long, claustrophobic, damp, no windows, electric lights only, and no seats.
It is an alternative to walking along the pier in the fresh air and sunshine, watching seagulls, fishermen, ships and yachts coming and going, and resting when you wish on the pier railings.
It is something to do at a seaside resort when the tide is in and where there is little else to amuse visitors
Closing branch libraries to save a few thousand pounds then spending all this money, even if it does come from a different kitty, seems odd.
All that money wasted on the replacement pier gates. All that was required was to chip off the old paint and maybe change the colour. What about red and white stripes, or maybe even gold and silver? Could have been a job for those on community service.
More than £70,000 spent on new stainless steel gates, which after only a few weeks were no longer stainless.
G W Donoghue,
Stressed companions awake me
Screeching bombs shake me
My comrades fly like rag dolls.
Lines and lines of worried horses
Ready to plummet into battle.
Bang! Bang! My mate gone! Gone for good!
Bullets fly over my head
Straight into private Harry’s forehead.
Only a few minutes left?
We need to show them we are powerful
Nicolas Hoey, 11,
The Bloody Somme
GUNS blazed at Somme
That blistering August day
When death ran in rivers
As humanity lost its way.
Green, treeless land
Pitted with artillery shells
Graveyard for rotting bodies
That mingles with cordite smells.
Pregnant black rat
Engorged carrying fleas
Slinks across ‘No Man’s Land’
Carrying typhus disease.
Soldiers’ return to slumber
Line up for stand to drill
Load up Enfield rifles
Ready for essential kill.
Orders command ‘over the top’
Boche are on the run
Fix your sharpened bayonets
Destroy the bloody Hun.
MEMBERS of the Sunderland and South Shields branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind Association would like to thank the people of Sunderland for their wonderful generosity during the collection day on July 19.
A total of £381.62 was raised.
We are very grateful to everyone concerned.
Secretary, Sunderland & South Shields GDBA,