Letters, Monday, June 8, 2015

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Bring back talent show

Britain’s got talent, of course it has, as an a apprentice at Doxfords Shipyard during the near ending of the war, Doxfords was picked for a Works Wonders radio programme, from 12.30pm to 1pm.

 It was to be broadcast from the canteen. At 12 o’clock everyone packed the canteen, with apprentices having to sit on the floor in the front row.

 The compère was Bryon Mickie. He was a very large imposing man, red hair and a very demanding voice – and didn’t we know it?

 We, the audience, were told not to whistle at any time, as it didn’t agree with the sound system in those days – if you did, out you went.

 At 12.30pm the red light said ‘on air’.

 I can’t remember all the acts, but I do remember a joiner playing music on his saw, also Alec Thompson, a shipwright, who had a boy soprano-type of voice singing, By Candlelight.

 I was thinking it would be good if someone could bring back a type of Works Wonders, local of course, maybe for our local TV stations.

 It would be interesting to know if any reader could enlarge on this experience.

Alan Winter,

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No need for scrum at bar

Further to my letter about people standing near queues who aren’t in the queue (Echo Letters, May 29), I went to Sunderland Empire to see Derren Brown the other night (it was a great show, by the way) and saw an amazing display of queuing idiocy.

 At the bar in the foyer, which was already very crowded, I saw couples waiting in the queue when sending one person to get the drinks would suffice.

 Can these people not cope with standing alone for a few minutes while their partner gets the drinks?

 It was mostly women – are they terrified someone will steal their man if they leave them alone for even a little while?

 Grow up, grow a pair and send one person to get the drinks.

 Everyone will get served quicker and there’ll be less of a scrum at the bar.

Elizabeth Jones,


Disease help on Facebook

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 AVN, as it’s usually called, means blood is not circulating around the hip bone which results in hip bone replacements. It can also occur in other limbs too.

 I had to have both my hip bones replaced due to AVN.

 If anyone would like more information about this debilitating and painful illness, they can find out about it on Facebook and Twitter by searching for OUCH Osteonecrosis.

Pamela Thompson,