Letters, Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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Stop perks to avoid the library closures

HERE we go again more cuts for the people of the city.

 Nine libraries are to close to save £850,000 and will upset thousands. However, if we stop the car perks for council staff, which costs nearly £1m it will upset only 391 people – I know what I would stop.

 This is without the scandalous waste of £200,000 on union officials and the people they represent are all very well paid so let them pay for the unions themselves, and of course the £26,000 for bottled water. The rest of us have to buy our own or drink tap water.

 I hope when the elections come round the good people of the city remember all these things.

 We also have the iconic bridge, Vaux site and I see they are digging up the new car park they have just opened, plus have you had a look at Fawcett Street, Holmeside, the railway station and many more?

 I think after 40 years of this lot we need a change – after all what have we to lose?

G Liddle,

Roker

Excellent tribute

TEN out of 10, and a star, for the performance of Murton Colliery Band in St Matthew’s Church, Silksworth, on June 9 to commemorate the community’s mining heritage.

 There could not have been better musical support for the occasion, aimed at keeping alive the memory of all those who toiled in the deep, dark, dirty, dusty, dangerous conditions of Silksworth Colliery’s 102 years of working life.

 At such a standard of playing, the Murton Band must rank as one of the leading brass bands in the North of England. Much more will be heard of them for sure.

 Ably fronted by their young lounge-suited bandmaster, John Pearson, a suitable, solemn rendering of Gresford, rightly described in the Order of Service as the Miners’ Hymn, gave the night a fitting send-off.

 In between Lesson, prayers, a reminder of the dedication of St Matthew’s in 1872 by the Bishop of Durham from newly-appointed vicar the Rev David Tolhurst, who blessed the banner, on which AJ Cook, Kier Hardie and Peter Lee feature prominently, and a recall of the hardships suffered by families during the protracted 1926 Miners’ Strike, the band thrilled the congregation with a repertoire that included a Geordie medley, Liberty Bell and Strauss’ Trish-Trash polka. Not even a Gilbert and Sullivan Overture or Cwm Rhondda could have improved what we heard.

 The applause for Murton Band, which numbered as many, if not more, young instrumentalists than long-seasoned players, at the end of the worship demonstrated the congregation’s thanks for top-quality brass band playing – less often in view than in the days of the Durham Coalfield’s boom years.

Colin Orr,

New Silksworth

Unkind gesture

TO the person who handed my red ‘lost’ purse into the Funeral Director’s opposite Sunderland Royal Hospital – thank you very much.

 To the person who stole all the money out of it – I hope you live to regret it. I was on my way to visit my very sick husband.

Name withheld

Time for a change

NEIL Johnson (June 14) believes UKIP to be an irrelevance, proving that he seems incapable of grasping the contempt in which we now hold the three main parties.

 All three are made up of career politicians who’ve never held down a proper job, and all three are bankrolled by self-serving institutions who seem to care more about other parts of the world than they do about their own country?

 If UKIP isn’t the answer, then who is?

 Mr Johnson, sadly, much like the rest of the North East, appears content to vote for the same tired old faces time after time. In doing so, we will get the same tired old policies – policies which have ground this country into the ground.

 I, for one, am prepared to give UKIP the benefit of the doubt. They certainly couldn’t do any worse.

M Brown