Letters, Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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A feast of thanks for fabulous folk

PRESIDENT Len Aitchison and members of the Rotary Club thank the people of Houghton for their continued magnificent support, in ideal autumn weather, which produced another highly successful traditional ox-roasting at Houghton Feast and will provide further funds for our regular community service events for senior citizens, young people, schools and other groups in the town and national and international causes.

 The starting queue was, as usual, extremely long and more than 1,300 sandwiches were sold before we were cleared out.

Thanks to Deputy Mayor Bob Heron, a long-time supporter of the Feast, for ceremonially cutting the first slice, given to the first person in the queue.

 Again, we are indebted to regular sponsors and suppliers, Pipers Quality Butchers, Edinburgh Bakery, George Vardy Haulage, Hetton Scaffolding Company, Whitefield Chemists and Alex Scullion Electricals and the invaluable help of the City Gas Crew, events administration staff and cooperation of the Showman’s Guild on the fairground site and not least the voluntary hard work of our club members throughout the weekend which all combine to maintain this unique historic event. Long may it continue.

 Finally, on a personal note, may I thank Houghton-le-Spring Heritage Society for the surprise presentation of a framed citation in acknowledgement of my 40 years of involvement with the ox roasting. It is nice to look back on good things, but now we look forward to serving you all again on Monday, October 7, 2013.

Ron Young

Ox-Roasting Coordinator

Houghton-le-Spring Rotary Club

A great advert

I WOULD like to place on record the thanks of Houghton-le-Spring Heritage Society to the public who showed us great support at our recent Houghton Feast events.

Our heritage displays and Olympic Fun exhibition in the Broadway had more than 2,000 visitors and I must thank Paralympian Hazel Robson for helping out and being kind enough to let the visiting children see her gold, silver and bronze medals.

Thanks are also extended to the stewards of St Michael & All Angels Church, Houghton Methodist Church and the staff of the Wild Boar who showed a great kindness to two particular attendees on the Houghton Heritage Walk – they had come from the U.S. and Malaysia and left Houghton with a very high opinion of the people. What a great international advert for our town!

Paul Lanagan, Chairman

Heritage Society


Seeing red on blue

I FOUND the recent Echo article about the waste services interesting. It has prompted me to draw attention to the way some blue bins are appallingly mis-used.

It is by no means uncommon to see bins which are meant for paper (top tray), and tins, bottles etc in main space underneath, with lids gaping open because old clothes, leftover food and other miscellaneous objects are crammed into the paper compartment.

When blue bins were first introduced, instructions were supplied and offenders got stickers on bins to correct their rubbish arrangements.

More and more people are ignoring the instructions, but nothing ever seems to be done about this.

A call to the cleansing department met with no success whatsoever. A manifestation of present times?

Moira Shearer


Babes come calling

RE my letter in the Echo (August 11) and the article by Sarah Stoners on The Rosslyn Babes. They brought an outstanding response for Babes all over the place from Sunderland and the rest of the country.

To say my flabber was gasted was an understatement. So I would like to thank the Babes who responded, sent me photos to copy, loaned me albums and scrapbooks, and in some instances could put names to faces and for the very interesting conversations we had by phone and when I visited some of the Babes in the houses. Also thanks to the Babes who took the time to visit me, from one Babe who is 80 to another who is one of the youngest.

 But I am still looking for information, photos or programmes for the following pantos: 1947-48, Mother Goose, Archie Glen; 1952-53, Aladdin, Five Smith Brothers; 1955-56, Jack & The Beanstalk, Bobby Thompson, 1956-57, Aladdin, Bobby Thompson; 1957-58, Cinderella, Julie Dey.

 Also has anybody any idea when Mary Harbord died? I can be contacted on 5510314.

George McCarthy

Portsmouth Road