Letters, Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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Wig it to help us boost our funds

ON May 20, schools, businesses and community groups across the country will be getting their wigs on for CLIC Sargent’s Wig Wednesday.

 We would love readers to join them and help support children and young people coping with cancer.

 CLIC Sargent provides practical, emotional and financial support for those aged from birth to 24 with a cancer diagnosis.

 Wig Wednesday is a great opportunity to get together with colleagues, fellow pupils or friends to have some fun with wigs while raising vital funds.

 We want as many people as possible to wear a wig for the day to show support to children and young people who may lose their hair through treatment for cancer.

 It’s easy to get involved. CLIC Sargent can provide you with the materials you need to promote your Wig Wednesday event and you can even buy a selection of fun wigs from our online shop.

 Don’t mullet over – sign up now to take part in Wig Wednesday on May 20 by visiting www.clicsargent.org.uk/wigwednesday or calling 0845 1212 492.

Dee Tyler

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager for North East and Cumbria

Strange foibles of footballing world

THEY say 5-1, we say 5 in a row as the new chant goes for the benefit of the fellows up the road.

 However, there are many strange foibles in football regarding number statistics, ie the highest score, fastest goal and most/least points in the league but the football related statistics I most remember concerns the names. One that I fondly remember is: What did Hartlepool United lose in the 1960s and never regain?

 Other idiosyncrasies that come to mind are of football team’s names, such as St Johnstone which is the only team name with a J in it; Swindon Town is the only team name written without using any letters in the word ‘mackerel’. The only team name without the letters in the word football is Dundee and the league team whose name begins with seven consonants is Blyth Spartans, however as the team is not in the top flight league yet you could go with Crystal Palace which begins with an impressive five consonants.

 This is all by the by as I have learnt that the FA, in its wisdom has denied Hull City owner, Assem Allam’s request to change the team’s name to Hull Tigers which would denigrate the team as it would lose its distinct status of being the only team name where you cannot colour in a letter i, e, a, b, d, e, g, o, p, q, if my memory serves me right.

 If you are wondering what Hartlepool United lost in the 1960s and was never recovered – it was the letter ‘S’ from its name. The team was formerly known as Hartlepools United.

Alan ‘The Quill’ Vincent,

Old Penshaw

Parking still free

SEVERAL residents seem to believe that the proposed Community Parking Management Schemes will require them to pay for parking.

 This will only be the case if they wish to park two or more cars on the highway.

 Many households have two cars; residents may choose to park one on a drive way and the second, free on the highway.

 I hope this clarifies any misunderstandings anyone may have.

Coun Bob Francis

Fulwell Ward