Letters, Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

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Recognise good work of doormen

AS a doorman on the clubs in town, I feel it is very unfair the way we get portrayed as the villians.

All we try to do is keep the clubs safe for all legal-age patrons and when there is trouble – normally caused by drunk fools – then we get the blame if it gets out of hand.

It is about time the people of Sunderland took responsibility for their actions and stepped up to making the town more enjoyable for all to frequent.

On far too many occasions the public get out of control and then the police just stand back and look on as the staff deal with the trouble-makers.

On most weekend nights the town is full of crackheads and drug-dealers trying to make deals and often succeeding. Thus the problem of drink and drugs makes for more agressive customers.

If the town is going to get any better, then patrons should let the door staff do their jobs and not get blamed for all the fights that are started by the public who try to get into trouble if they are not allowed into a club.

At the end of the day, 99.9 per cent of all door staff are good people and it is so unfair to put us all in the same basket as the bad apples.

To all the fools out there who try to upset the town at night, stay at home.

Steve Dryden

Glories of glamping

THE constant use of over emotional language to increase the excitement of an occasion reflects little credit on our media.

To demonstrate is to refer to Wayne Rooney’s two goals against Liverpool when described by The Mail as “two devastating strikes”. Further, his first goal showed him to “rise to the occasion like a colossus” – oh, really! Much as I appreciate Wayne’s talents, and I do, to my eyes similar goals are scored by many players ever week.

Do we have to endure this over-egging of the pudding so that the reporter can produce what his editor insists on? Our intellect and intelligence, I fancy, are taking a hit. Or is it that this is what we the public wish to read? Possibly. Could there be a dull, uninteresting match being played this weekend? I think not, if you read the press.

Moving on to other subjects, let’s consider holiday reports by “celebs” or folks who are famous for being famous. They report in the Sunday magazines on cruises, sunspots and the like. A question for you who read the above holiday reports: Have you ever read an article bearing any critical comments? No, neither have I. Like football histrionics, “amazing”, “fantastic” and “incredible” are in common use, there are no missed planes due to fog, overbooking by hotels, or insulting staff to suffer.

How could this be, you may think. The answer is simple, they are on freebies. A dodgy impression means no further trips at the holiday company’s expense, so it’s all irrelevant.

I might send this expression of my feelings to a Sunday paper for publication, but feel it may not be printed.

What do you, my dear reader, think?

So to the title of the epistle, “The glories of glamping” produced in a Sundaymag in glorious technicolour. Apparently it is to do with dressing up while camping.

The thought appears to me to represent all one doesn’t do or write about. But if it produces an article, then so be it.

Allan Wilkinson

Thanks for help

I’D like to say thanks for the help I received when I slipped and fell in the city centre. The people at the bus stop outside the post office, the gentleman with the mobile phone who called the ambulance, paramedics Darren and Sammy and Dr Fedori and Nurse Potts at the Royal Hospital.

Thank you all very much. I’m pleased to say I’m now fully recovered.

Martin Welbourne, Chester Road, Sunderland

Sad reading

I HAVE just spent time reading the articles in the Echo about Councillor Florence Anderson.

Whatever political party you follow or support, this is sad reading, especially if you are like myself born and bred in the area.

Not only do we read all of this, relating to a cause which we in Britain and Ireland thought was in the past, in our local paper, but the whole country reads of it in national papers

Where does this leave us in the North East in relation to our southern friends?

Then you read that even some of her own party are supporting her over this.

Can we all stand together to rid our selves of this type of ignorance shown by people in authority in our area?

Ian Grey, Hetton


COULD the females in all soaps stop saying the word “stupid” as “shtupid”? Since when was “stupid” spelt with an “h” in it?

Also, adding “ugh” when saying “no”. (“No-ugh”).

It is really irritating.

John Watson, Pensher View,


Group’s sad fate

AFTER reading the article “Community sports group have to move” (Echo, February 10), I feel very sad that the council, especially the education authority could not have supported Peter Curtis and the North East Sports, a group of dedicated volunteers looking after our children.

The sporting activities provided by this group have given our youngsters some purpose in life, instead of hanging around street corners getting into all sorts of trouble.

May I remind Sunderland City Council that not so many years ago a company called Lovell Partners, a construction company, invested heavily in the Southwick area buying up old and dilapidated housing stock around the Jowett Square and Jowett Road area turning them into affordable houses for first-time buyers.

The scheme never really took off because many of the houses were vandalised and returned to their former state before they could be sold. Unfortunately, the people who did buy the houses lost an awful lot of money. Shortly afterwards, the Salvation Army Community Centre, which had recently been refurbished, was burnt down.

We have seen a lot of investment in Southwick recently with the area becoming a desirable place to live. What we do not want is the past repeating itself. There is still a small element of young thugs in and around Southwick that need people like Mr Curtis and his team to create some form of interest for them.

It annoys me to see much-needed money being wasted on such projects as the new set of gates to Thompson Park when we already have gates that have served their purpose for years and are still in very good condition. The park keeper’s house has stood for some years unoccupied, and yet we cannot fund a worthwhile project like the community sports group.

Just as a matter of interest, would the old community farm building behind Southwick Road not be of any use? I know that it is not a purpose-built gym, but with a little TLC you never know, or is this building up for sale also?

F. W. Sheils, Rydal Mount, Fulwell

Back the team

WHAT is wrong with Sunderland fans these days? I ask the question following the poor attendance for the Arsenal cup game. Yes it was on TV and the kick-off was late evening, but does that really matter? If you are a fan you turn up no matter what.

I don’t go with the argument that these are hard times and a poor economical climate.

Times were hard in the 70s. Remember the three-day week and Roker Park was still packed.

I can recall one cup tie against Cardiff City in 1972 before Bob Stokoe arrived which was played on a Monday afternoon and there was almost 40,000 in the ground, so have things changed that much?

For years the supporters have been crying out for a good team. They have one now and a good manager but the crowds are down.

It’s quite disheartening and I am sick of being asked on the way home from the match by someone in a passing car shouting at me through the window “What was the score?”

It’s the same when you go in the pub: there is always some know-all in there telling me that he was glad the Lads won or disappointed that they lost.Normally these folk make up some pitiful excuse why they couldn’t get to the game but no doubt they will be first in the queue for a cup final ticket.

These people should get off their backsides and get to the Stadium of Light instead of being fair-weather supporters and glory hunters.

I cannot even be bothered to discuss the game with them. If they want to know about the match, they should go and watch it instead of asking me.

The team is doing well now, so support the club.

Mick “The Pen” Brown

Funding fiasco

REGARDING the letter about care funding (Letters, February 18), the points made reflect my sister’s sentiments exactly. She and her family have also experienced this rigorous procedure.

She applied for the above funding due to her husband’s failing health issues due to numerous strokes. He is now wheelchair bound and resides in a care home.

He is 80 years old and unable to tend to his own toilet needs, personal care and everyday tasks such as cutting up food. Some days he is unable to converse with his wife and family due to vascular dementia, this being the cause of mood swings etc.

A meeting was arranged with a social worker and co-ordinator to discuss possible funding. The meeting was adjourned after five minutes due to lack of notes and reports being available for the team to view.

A second meeting was arranged when this information was produced, and assessments made, boxes ticked and the outcome was he was declined.

What are the criteria and where is the justice? According to his notes he is portrayed as being able to run in the 2012 Olympics. What a joke! Explain that to his wife who, in all weathers, visits him seven days a week and would be caring for him at home if this was humanly possible but due to her own health issues this is not possible.

Her husband has worked all his life and now he is one of many being rejected by this unfair system.

Money is a funny thing,

It makes folks laugh and some may sing,

But when it’s needed for our old age,

The powers that be fly in a rage.

For if you’ve worked, and owned your home,

You’re out there standing all alone,

Cos those who prosper, never held a job,

Claiming everything going, not just a few bob!

S. Pallas, Sunderland

Labour stalwart

DENNIS Skinner has celebrated his 80th birthday. He has been the Labour MP for Bolsover since 1970 and became chairman of the Labour Party in the late 80s, and has sat on the National Executive Committee numerous times since 1978.

He worked as a miner for over 20 years, in the course of which he became an NUM leader and the Clay Cross Labour Party councillor. He is known for his left-wing views and never missing the House of Commons sessions.

He disliked the Tories because he always pointed his finger at them at Prime Minister’s Question Time and was nicknamed the Beast of Bolsover.

Dennis Skinner has been a great man in British politics for a very long time.

Terry Christie, Woodside Terrace, East Herrington, Sunderland

Search Party

I AM searching for my partner’s adopted family, the Dowen family, who are related to John R. Dowen.

He married Evelyn Dowen whose maiden name was Hutler and they married in 1934.

The next generation down was John R. Dowen who married Sylvia Young.

Could any of their relatives please get in contact with me.

James Armstrong, Tel. 07765 512665