Letters, Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

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A vision of the future for Seaham

Since the demise of the mining and shipbuilding industries the economic future of Seaham has been bleak.

Fortunately, this coincided with a meteoric rise in the amount of university places taken up by the less privileged in society, meaning our youngsters have spread their wings to far-flung parts in numbers that are unparalleled throughout history.

I think the unofficial town website, www.seaham.com (which needs a revamp anyway) should incorporate a biography section showcasing where our young talent ended up. There could be a business, military and alternative employment sections to name a few.

Mr Macpherson and his team have already started this image raising with his Pride of Seaham awards for the pillars of the community.

You should all support this and strive to win one, then move on to the Pride of Britain Awards!

Hats off to the Mary Portas bid too. Your community spirit is heartening.

I left Seaham 10 years ago at 18 as there was nothing there for me; the town and its people had apparently given up on aspiring for new things.

Well, now you are planning a new film studio and you are getting a marina in the historic docks.

Make something of it and start advertising the good bits of what should be a salubrious seaside town.

Stop hating Thatcher and feeling sorry for the mines and start reminding the rest of the country that you are proud of you heritage.

All of the North East needs to drop the pigeon-fancying, flat-capped, tracksuit wearing chavvy image that pervades in the southern half of our country.

In this Jubilee and Olympic year, be proud of what you can be.

To the council, look at Aldbrough in Suffolk, anywhere in Cornwall and even your neighbours in Cleadon and Seaburn. They are all light years ahead of your town planning in terms of aesthetics, restaurants and boutique shops. These are the things that attract visitors.

Finally and most importantly, get Seaham attached to the Tyne and Wear Metro at all costs.

This is a clear route to economic success.

Richard Hinchliffe

Plane crazy

I SEE there are a few places up this way that have speed bumps: outside Barnes Junior School, at the side of the school in a back lane; behind Barnes Care Home in another back lane. Colchester Terrace has them as well.

I don’t get why they are in a back lane though. Are all the back lanes going to get them?

Better still are speed bumps coming up my street, Cleveland Road. They are needed. Yes, it’s a bit of an inconvenience, but if it saves a life why not?

Cleveland Road is a race track, or so some drivers think. It doesn’t matter if it rains, they still come down like a bat out of hell.

Some roads up here are getting re-surfaced. Now that must cost money. So what’s a few more speed bumps?

I’ve complainedbut to no avail. I’ve even phoned the police about the speeding.

Mrs B Crute, Cleveland Road, High Barnes

Plane crazy

EVERYONE at Farringdon Detached FC would like to thank all staff and customers at Sainsbury’s, Sunderland and Sainsbury’s, Washington, who were very generous and kind with donations when we did our bag-packing on Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 14.

Also a big “thank-you” to the two store managers, Gary Pearson and Malcolm Mitchell, who made it possible for our club to be able to do the bag-packing to raise much-needed funds to help take our kids to a tournament in June in Blackpool.

Our club made £650 on the Friday and £500 on the Saturday, which will be a great help.

Thank you very much from everyone at Farringdon Detached FC for the kind donations.

Ian Stewart, Club Chairman, Farringdon Detached FC

Zsa Zsa’s a star

ZSA Zsa Gabor was born in Budapest, Hungary on February 6, 1917 and was one of the world’s greatest Hollywood actresses in films such as Lovely to Look At, Lili, Moulin Rouge, The Man Who Wouldn’t Talk, Three Ring Circus, Death of a Scoundrel and The Girl In The Kremlin.

She was mixing with famous stars over the years such as Kim Novak, Frank Sinatra, Sean Connery, Richard Burton, Ginger Rogers, Liz Taylor, Angie Dickinson, Jayne Mansfield, Tony Curtis and Shirley MacLaine.

Zsa Zsa Gabor was the famous Hollywood icon for so long.

Terry Christie, Woodside Terrace, East Herrington