Letters, Wednesday, October 10, 2012

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One nation unlikely in divided times

RECENTLY, I read an essay “The blueprint for a boom” with deep interest.

The author George Trefgarne claimed that the dark days of the 1930s, were in fact innovative times, where Britain was leading the world in economic recovery.

His book: Lessons From Britain’s Recovery In The 1930s provides a strong, alternative to the dark, depressive view formed by the left.

He hails one of the largest house building projects in this country and how Britain broke speed world records throughout the 30s.

I can’t help but see his similarities to the latter recently and also calls to begin building new homes. Some would be quite prepared to believe there had been something of a conspiracy to besmirch the 1930s, when in actual fact there were such huge advances.

However, that account doesn’t tell the entire story where all the so-called deprivation or suffering, was only a myth. But for all the speed records and impressive production, encouraged by the economic measures put in place, that is only half the story. His research seems to concentrate on the south, as per usual.

But the point most lost I feel was how many Northern towns and cities (including Sunderland) descended into Dickensian poverty at the wide scale loss of livelihoods. Their recovery wasn’t as forthcoming; so if the BBC and left-wing media on the whole paint it as such, then it is in some places for good reason, Mr Trefgarne.

When we hear Ed Miliband’s calls of “One Nation”, I’m sorry, but with such divided views flying about it is unlikely. Also, Ed’s idea of wage – and eventually – benefit freezes to make the South East seemingly better off hardly makes him the man to unite North and South.

G Engel,

High Barnes

A two-way street?

YOUR correspondent Kevin Leary echoes my thoughts of five months ago (Letters, May 14) in respect of opening up North Bridge Street and Fawcett Street to two-way traffic as intended.

I am given to understand that for some years, the person responsible for traffic flow was, indeed, a non driver. Perhaps the Echo can confirm this.

David Hegarty,

Three Trees,

Gillas Lane West,


Do it mine way

WHY don’t the water boards let old inland coal mines fill up with water from flood-hit areas?

It’s not rocket science.

Coastal areas would be no good but old mines have many roadways stretching for miles.

In drought-hit times, they could be used, not costing a fortune.

It would save water boards and insurance companies a great deal and then pass that saving on to us who have to pay over the odds for home insurance!

Jim Hepplewhite,

Mowbray Villas,

South Shields

Memory thanks

I WOULD like to thank all the kind and thoughtful people who sponsored me for the Memory Walk, held in Saltwell Park on Sunday, September 30.

I was able to raise £190, which has been handed into the Alzheimer’s Society section at Hylton Road, Sunderland.

In particular I would like to thank all of the generous members of the Redhouse Community Association (dance section), who willing dug deep to swell the funds. Thanks to all.

Irene Maven,

Whitchurch Road,


Memory thanks

I WOULD like to thank businesses in the Houghton area, also the Houghton Round Table, and everyone else who very kindly donated towards the raffle, for the Queen of Eventide afternoon tea.

The hall was packed, with over 120 people enjoying a very pleasant afternoon. The crowning of the King and Queen was followed by the afternoon tea.

A very talented singer entertained everyone and the day ended with large amount of raffle prizes being won.

Thanks to the staff of Houghton Sports Complex and the Age UK volunteers.

Janice Robson-Parmley,

Age UK, Hetton and Houghton

All-time great EAMONN Andrews, the original broadcaster from the all-time greats, joined the BBC in 1950 to introduce Sports Report and the following year with What’s My Line and the 900 episodes of This Is Your Life.

Appearing in The Eamonn Andrews Show, Today, World Of Sport, Crackerjack, Playbox, Time For Business, Top Of The World, he used to be a boxing commentator.

Sadly, on November 5, 1987, he passed away at the age of 64. I won’t forget the original TV and radio star icon.

Terry Christie,

East Herrington