Letters, Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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We look like a small-town club

Newcastle connections.

 Next time these fans go the Stadium I suggest they take a long hard look at the statue of a man in a trilby outside the ground.

 He’s called Bob Stokoe. He played for Newcastle for 10 years. He won the FA Cup with Newcastle in 1955. He captained Newcastle. He’s a Sunderland legend.

 Bob’s 1973 FA cup team included Ron Guthrie. He was born in Newcastle and played for Newcastle. He scored a goal in the cup run and he is a Sunderland legend.

 A sub in the 1973 final, who played during the run, David Young was born in Newcastle. He played for Newcastle and is a Sunderland legend.

 Hero of the 1973 run and final, Dennis Tueart was also born in Newcastle and is also a Sunderland legend.

 Other heroes of the 1973 run are Brian Chambers and Mick McGiven, both born in Newcastle. 

 Yes, Newcastle are our greatest rivals and beating them matters more than anything. But they are also our neighbours. The hate and bile directed by some fans towards anyone with a Newcastle connection makes us look, in the eyes of the world, like a small-town club with a massive inferiority complex and a huge chip on its shoulder.

 If Danny Graham is good enough for Martin O’Neill he’s good enough for me.

 Hate is for losers.

Max Velody,


A harmless hobby

I WAS dismayed to read the letter about allotments from Mick The Pen which contained many inaccuracies that I would like to correct.

 He states that the huts are showing the North-South divide. This is not so, there are allotment huts all over the country and there are as many in the South as the North.

 The Pen then made out that all allotment owners were old men with whippets and flat caps, like me, mere dinosaurs. This is not true, many allotment keepers are under 40 years of age.

 As for ruining the livelihood of fruit and veg shops, what nonsense. The stores buy huge amounts of mass produced veg, whereas from the allotment it has been made from the care of a green-fingered enthusiast.

 There are now much stricter guidelines about the appearance of the huts and I do wish Mick The Pen and folk like him would mind their own business.

 It’s a harmless, enjoyable hobby and again the Pen has opened up a can of worms about nothing.

Jason Thompson,


Need for honesty

I HAVE been following the debate on academies which has been running online.

 While I understand that there are opposing views on schools achieving academy status the debate should be informed and above all honest.

 One contributor who goes under the name of “rdc68” stated: “Conversion to academy status has handed land and buildings to academy trusts and private operators. These vultures want to make a profit on the backs of taxpayers. Funnily enough, a number of them are donors to the Tory Party.”

 On checking I have discovered that schools who gain academy status occupy the former school land and building under a lease from the local authority. If the academy ceases to operate the land and buildings revert back to the local authority.

 Please keep this important debate honest and stop the black propaganda.

Alan Wright

End of dance era

THE council has finally got what it wanted. The Thursday afternoon tea dance has finally had to close its doors.

 The function room we used for the dancing leaked when it rained. This meant that some weeks if it was raining the dance was cancelled.

 This situation meant that people didn’t know whether the dance was on or off and the uncertainty of the situation meant many stopped attending the venue.

 This has meant the closure of the dance club which has run for many years.

 The activities at the leisure centre are gradually being phased out and it seems only a matter of time before this building will be closed thus depriving the people of Sunderland of their leisure time.

Mrs S Sanderson

A PR exercise

TONY Lynn is critical of the “cynicism and sarcasm” towards prince Harry’s royal tour of duty.

 He may well have taken the oath of allegiance to his Granny and country. But it’s quite obvious this was an exercise in public relations for the Royal family.

 This exercise put all those soldiers at risk as well as the men assigned to protect him, and not forgetting his butler.

 The same thing went for his uncle Andrew when he came back from the Falklands. The Royal press machine made out he won the war by himself.

 But as I see it, it was just another public relations exercise.

Ged Taylor,