Letters, Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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I thoroughly enjoyed the Sunniside Live Music festival that took place at Sunniside Gardens recently.  

Right from the opening act, Social Room, who kicked off the festival with an impressive set, to the Source, who as usual was in top form, and the two big hitters Hyde and Beast and Frankie & the Heartstrings, the day was a memorable one.

It was great to see so many people there enjoying themselves in a chilled atmosphere in a part of the city that needs its citizens’ support.

Full credit to Bar Justice for having the ambition and initiative to make the festival such a huge success.  

Let’s hope that Sunniside Live will become an annual event and a permanent fixture in Wearside’s musical calendar.

Talking of music, a lot of plaudits should also be given to Frankie & the Heartstrings’ brilliant concept Pop Recs Ltd, that they opened in Fawcett Street which enabled Sunderland’s musical reputation to be enhanced even further.

They now have a temporary home in Olive Street in the city centre, let’s hope they find a permanent base again in Sunderland soon.

Sunderland really has an impressive music scene with some quality local bands such as Lilliput, Afterglow, the Lake Poets etc.  

There are some top national and local acts regularly appearing at the Independent in Holmeside. The Point is also beginning to establish itself as a music venue and the Stadium of Light has provided some massive musical acts over the years.

Sunderland has a rich music history to be proud of, producing quality acts such as Dave Stewart, the Golden Virgins, Lucas Renney ( solo stuff ),the Pits, Ruth Ann-Boyle, Bryan Ferry, Rayne, the Jubilee, Mugs, the Futureheads, Baz Warne and the Toy Dolls. Long may it continue.

Tony Ratton,


OAPs watch too much TV

Congratulations to Claire Porter about the free TV licences to the elderly (Echo Letters, July 13). I think it’s outrageous that such a thing has been proposed. This will only encourage OAPs to watch more TV when they should be helped to get tech savvy.

 Many pensioners simply do not want to know about the internet, yet it is the way forward.

 Almost every time you have to fill in a form the first question is to reply with a email address and many OAPs don’t have one. Only the other day I was in a local Post Office and a old lady was asking about the Royal Mail. I told her to log onto the website. She replied that she was 85 and didn’t have a computer as if it was a crime to own one at that age.

 Yet she had been telling the lady behind the counter about the demise of Deirdre Barlow in Coronation Street.

Some folk want to get their priorities right.

Mick ‘The Pen’ Brown,

via email.