Letters, Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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Don’t let brass band music die

NOT long ago my brother and I went to the Gala Theatre in Durham to see the Grimethorpe Colliery band, needles to say it was a sellout.

 The comments coming out of the show were that we don’t get enough of brass bands these days.

 It takes me back to our school days.

 Our dad was a bandsman(tenor horn), who played for Sunderland Highways, who at one time won a section competition.

 A vinyl record was produced on winning.

 He was also a guest player for local colliery bands. His joy though was to play on Durham Miners’ Day.

 We can see him now getting ready in that tight fitting jacket with its clip collar (no ties in those days )and hard peak hat, preparing to march through Durham City on a scorching, summer day

 Every credit to the hard working players who found time to show their musical skills.

 Some readers may recall the Salvation Army Band playing at the north end of the station on a Sunday or playing in your street.

 You didn’t wait for the knock on the door, you went to them and dropped your pennies in the bag.

 At bedtime recently, I put my bedside radio on and you’d never guess, I just missed a brass band concert.

 Maybe you get my point now, the clock reads five minutes before midnight – don’t let this music disappear.

 Brassed off – not yet.

Alan Winter,


Priorities are not in right direction

SUNDERLAND Council Group Engineer Craig Wilkinson said in the Echo (March 25) that he is considering closing the turning from Durham Road (ex-Vardy’s garage) into High Lane.

 This turning provides access to Newbottle, Burnside, Fence Houses, Shiney Row, Chester-le-Street and A1M junction.

 Living a few hundred yards from the junction, I have yet to receive my consultation letter.

 I think the full access/egress to and from Durham Road and A690 should be maintained as restricting or closing this access will divert traffic either via Houghton or the Board Inn, Herrington Burn junctions and so significantly increase traffic loading these residential areas.

 Occasional mobile speed cameras are located on Durham Road, either at Burn Park (town centre) or the bottom of Houghton Cut (west side), with five days a week outside Farringdon School, Allendale Road.

 There are unlimited crashes on Durham Road between the Board Inn and including the A19 Herrington Interchange, and two deaths of drivers having just left their vehicles at the interchange and near the Board Inn.

 Up to £850,000 has just been spent upgrading the interchange traffic lights so as to increase the volume and speed of traffic with not one penny spent on any safety measures for pedestrians trying to cross Durham Road here.

 I think Sunderland Council has its priorities in the wrong order.

G White,


Complaints aimed at wrong people

I READ the letter from M Crosby, of East Herrington, regarding the city recycling depot (April 16) and I too have encountered delays and made enquiries with the staff on site.

 M Crosby is complaining about the wrong people.

 The centre is now in the hands of a private company, not the council. They have changed the modus operandi, including the reduction in the number of drivers.

 I quote M Crosby “surely the council can do better than this”, they did, but that’s what happens when profit comes first, so the complaints are directed at the wrong people.

Bob Gillan,

High Barnes