Letters, Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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Young are keeping city history alive

AS I wander around our once fine city, now almost devoid of fine old buildings, it came to my notice that the children of these austere days have strange ways of dressing.

 For instance, we see lads, and some lasses, with trousers just about covering their respective knees, anoraks that look as waterproof as tissue paper, 1970’s jump suits and T-shirts with Mick Enz ie (that is) emblazoned on the front.

 However, I am pleased to note that many of today’s teenagers are showing their pride in the history of Sunderland by reversing their baseball caps, thusly making a ‘Havelock’.

  A Havelock was a cap cover protecting the soldier from sunstroke during battles in hot climes of the Empire. It was something as simple as a small sheet of cloth attached to the soldier’s helmet at the back of it. They were first introduced by Sunderland’s very own Sir Henry Havelock, who had the bright idea of making one in India in 1857.

 So I say ‘hat’s off’ (no pun intended) to the lads and lasses of our city who are keeping the proud history of Sunderland alive.

Alan ‘The Quill’ Vincent,

Old Penshaw

Grease was great

THE Customs House Summer School presented Grease last week.

 It was £10 a ticket (£8 for kids and oldies). Our party of seven, ranging from six to 65 years, had a thoroughly entertaining evening.

 Based on the Broadway show rather than the movie, it had a recognisable storyline with all the ususal song and dance routines, prompting audience participation.

 The show was an excellent production and considering the cast were children, some as young as six, was performed brilliantly.

 Programmes for a £1, too.

 It was a great show, at a great venue and at a reasonable cost. Well done to Shields. Something else they do better than us.

Philip Findlay

The Sinatra factor

FRANK Sinatra was born on Sunday, December 12, 1915, in Hoboken, New Jersey, in the United States of America.

 He is best known as a great original singer and was signed to Capitol Records.

 He appeared in many Hollywood movies including From Here To Eternity, the Man With The Golden Arms, High Society, Pal Joey, Some Came Running, Come Blow Your Horn, Never So Few, Robin And The Seven Hoods, The Detective and for his famous interview with David Jacobs in 1953.

 Frank recorded many, now well known, songs over the years, including Come Fly With Me, All The Way, Almost Like Being In Love, The Best Is Yet To Come, Nice N Easy, It Happened In Monterey, It Could Happen To You, My Way, Pennies From Heaven, Strangers In The Night and A Fine Romance. He even made a duet with Elvis Presley in 1960. He was nicknamed Ol’ Blue Eyes and mixed with stars such as Angie Dickinson, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr, Bing Crosby, Burt Lancaster, Kim Novak, Nelson Riddle, Steve McQueen, The Beatles, Martin Luther King Jnr, Peter Lawford, Peggy Lee, June Christy, Lee Remick, Angela Lansbury, Edward G Robinson, Rita Hayworth, Ethel Barrymore, Doris Day, David Niven, Shirley Maclaine, Robert Morley and Noel Coward.

 Sadly, on Thursday, May 14, 1998, he passed away at the age of 82.

 I won’t forget Old’ Blue Eyes, the late Frank Sinatra.

Terry Christie,

East Herrington