Letters, Saturday, December 7, 2013

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Back campaign for film subtitles

AS a 10,000-strong petition, backed by Action on Hearing Loss, TV Stars and writers, calls for LOVEFiLM to provide subtitles for people with a hearing loss, I hope readers will back our campaign to improve the accessibility of its latest releases for customers.

 The petition atwww.change.org/en-GB/petitions/lovefilm-all-we-want-for-christmas-is-subtitles has already received backing from White Queen screenwriter Emma Frost, Shameless actor Sally Carmen and many more celebrities.

 It’s frustrating for people who rely on subtitles who look forward to a DVD from LOVEFiLM and find out, only when it arrives that it doesn’t have subtitles. It would be nice if (like Netflix), it would consider the 10million people in the UK with hearing loss and let us all know before placing an order whether the film includes subtitles or not.

 We hope that if more people sign the petition, we can force a response from the retailer.

 A lack of regulation means DVDs and downloadable programmes don’t require subtitles.

 When families gather for evenings in front of the TV this Christmas, it would be nice if all of us could share and enjoy the experience.

 Signing the petition will help deliver an early present for people with hearing loss and encourage LOVEFiLM to avoid being known as the Grinch who stole subtitles.

Rob Burley,

head of public affairs and campaigns,

Action on Hearing Loss

Science extension was badly needed

OLD Bedan George Brown complains (November 26) how the quadrangular buildings of the school were damaged by the new science block in 1960.

 I must say the science block was badly needed at the time.

 There was very little space for proper science lessons in the dingy classrooms I remember in 1959.

 The science block gave us clean toilets on the ground floor (unusual for a boys’ school), physics and biology laboratories, and on the very top floor the chemistry labs’ windows gave a fine view over the town.

 The chemistry master was that excellent individual, Mr S A S Robinson.

Paul Manning,


Support for Jeff is a great tribute

I WOULD like to say a big thank you to all the people who made a donation to Jeff’s memorial fund.

 Jeff Coxon worked tirelessly for his beloved charity, Grace House Children’s Hospice, even to the detriment of his health.

 Maybe some readers may like to do as I have done and ask family and friends to make a donation in liue of a Christmas gift.

 These unfortunate children and their families badly need our support.

 Once again, thank you and God bless you all.

Edith Roberts,


Praise for hospital

I WOULD just like to thank Mr Surtees and the wonderful team from C31, also everyone that I came across during my recent stay after my operation.

 Their care and kindness did not go unnoticed. They went above the call of duty.

 Praise must go to our hospital and all its wonderful staff.

 My heartfelt thanks to you all.

Glyn Bathgate

Search for uncle

I AM researching my family tree and I am looking for descendants of an uncle of mine, Richard Wardle – my mother’s brother.

 In the early 1950s, I think he lived in Ryhope, and then moved to Red House. After that, he moved to Hendon where he died.

 I was told he married a girl called Hannah Black (Nancy) in the 1950s.

 If anyone can help, I can be contacted on 07810768608.

Charlie Booth,


Great experience

I WOULD like to say thank you to Dave and Erin for the excellent tuition at Sunderland Glass Centre.

 I made my own unique and decorative Christmas bauble.

 It was a tremendous experience and great fun.

 I would encourage everyone to go along and give it a try.

 You will produce something to be very proud of and show off to friends and family on the Christmas tree.

Mrs L Dickinson