Letters, Saturday, June 1, 2013

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Becareful what you wish for

WISHING to withdraw from the European Union is a perfectly valid view to hold, but Mrs Matthews should get her facts right and be careful what she wishes for (It’s time to decide on EU membership, letters, Echo, May 29).

 It is a fact that the UK and Ireland declined to join the Schengen passport free travel zone, so we do control our own borders.

 If we did leave the EU, would Mrs Matthews be willing to explain to the 400,000 Brits living in Spain, mainly retired there for the sun, that they need to return ‘home’? Would she be willing to tell the 150,000 Brits living in France ‘time to come home’? The 100,000 Brits living in Germany? etc.

 If so, rather you then me, Mrs Matthews.

Paul Brannen

Always a fusilier

IT is with much sadness, shock and grief that we watched the events of last Wednesday unfolded.

 To see a young man butchered in a British street was hard enough to grasp but then to find out he was a fellow soldier, and even more, a fusilier, was devastating news.

 The Sunderland Branch of the Fusiliers Association wishes to express its sincere sympathy to Lee Rigby’s family, friends and all who served with this brave man.

 “They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them as the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, we will remember them.”

 Once a Fusilier, always a Fusilier

Captain AJ Hendry

Chairman of the Sunderland Branch The Fusiliers Association

Event a success

I WOULD like to thank the staff at The Bridges shopping centre in Sunderland for helping the Alzheimer’s Society during Dementia Awareness Week.

 The Bridges allowed us to set up an awareness-raising stand right in the heart of one of the region’s most vibrant shopping centres and it proved to be hugely worthwhile from our perspective.

 We are really grateful to The Bridges team for letting us set up a stall because our Dementia Awareness Week motto was ‘Worrying Changes Nothing, Talking Changes Everything’ and the way the people of Sunderland came to speak to us proved how important it is to talk.

 For us it was vitally important to reach out into the community and I would like to think our efforts were appreciated.

 There are 3,347 people in the Sunderland area who are living with dementia and that figure is expected to rise to 4,241 by 2021, which underlines why it is so important to get people talking about dementia.

 If anyone ever needs any help or advice, feel free to contact our Sunderland office on 564 0890.

Rob Stewart,

North East and Cumbria Campaign and Media Officer

Alzheimer’s Society

A silly thing to do

I, LIKE many, was shocked to pick up the paper and see Phil Bardsley covered in £50 notes, lying on the casino floor. A moment of madness that he would probably like to undo.

 However, as for being frowned upon for celebrating Sunderland staying up, we the fans were all celebrating too – which shows it meant something to the guy, as it did to us.

 While I agree it was a silly thing to do, we are all human and we all make mistakes, especially in our younger years.

 Mr Bardsley and his family have been in my local pub/restaurant quite a few times for their lunch and I have to say they seem to be lovely, very down to earth family.

 I sat one day and watched Phil Bardsley sign autograph after autograph for the young kids with Sunderland tops on while sitting eating his dinner and he didn’t mind in the least.

 He always speaks to everyone, and him and his good lady are well mannered and polite to the staff. Everyone who knows him in there speaks highly of him.

 If a game was coming up, I’ve always seen him drinking soft drinks. I actually used to think what a nice family, when you consider some of the behaviour you read about footballers.

 He’s been at Sunderland for six years and I’m sure most will agree he’s always given 100 per cent on the pitch.

 If he stays on I wish him well, he’s given us good service in my view.

Ian Wright,

Gillas Lane