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Letter of the Week: Wendy Storey, Mirfield

Dear Sir,

What a book launch. What a day for Maureen Prest and her book ‘King of Clubs’.

It was a magnificent turnout from the people of Batley and elsewhere, all with their own tales about the world-famous Batley Variety Club.

Ian Clayton did a great job fronting it all and the multi-talented local lad, our own Sammy King, sang his song ‘Penny Arcade’ which was a great hit for Roy Orbison.

The room was filled with people exchanging their own memories of the club and there was a magical atmosphere in the town hall.

I hope Maureen’s book is a huge success, she so deserves it to be.

I have read it and and loved everything about it, recognising so many names and it left me feeling quite emotional at the ‘twist’.

The fact that it was the 50th anniversary on March 26 of the club opening made it even more special, and the fact Maureen chose the town hall  to launch it was spot on.

Thanks Maureen, you have brought back a lot of memories for many of us and told it as it was! Who knows, maybe a sequel next and you are our own Jackie Collins!

Annual show was a treat for eyes and ears

From: Alan Greenwood, Batley

Dear Sir,

On Friday March 24 I went to Budapest, Lanzarote, the Rocky Mountains and Zanzibar, ending up close to home amongst the intriguing formations of Brimham Rocks. And it only cost me a fiver!

It was all thanks to the skill and imagination of Batley’s Audio Visual Club members, who entertained a packed house at Brimer Hall in Batley with their annual show incorporating history, humour and visits to lots of beautiful locations.

The club’s varied and fascinating visual presentations are always accompanied by well-chosen music and informative commentary and the sound quality is excellent.

The BBC could learn a thing or two from Batley AV Club about choosing appropriate  music and balancing it with spoken commentary.

We came out whistling the catchy tunes we’d heard.

The AV Club’s annual show is held in March each year and it is a wonderful way of shaking off the hibernation of winter and looking forward to the joys of summer and travel.

Thank you again Batley AV Club – we’re already looking forward to seeing you next year!

Our National Health Service is disappearing

From: Name and address supplied

Dear Sir,

At a time when even GPs are beginning to get worried about the direction of the NHS to an American-style system, the lack of transparency between profit makers and publicly-run bodies in planning meetings and the reduction in size and scope of the commissioning groups, a very small group of car-owning patients at the recent Patient Participation Group engagement with the CCG, happily sanctioned the idea of certain specialised GP services being held in various locations in North Kirklees.

They completely missed the fact that there are no buses from Cleckheaton to Mirfield or Birstall. It is very difficult to get a bus from certain locations to Batley and even if a surgery is open on a Saturday or Sunday this is still the case.

With the gradual managing of certain groups, often the poor and low income families, out of the NHS, and the removal of certain treatments out of health (which is free) and into social care (which is paid for), one wonders how far it can go before people realise that the National Health Service really has gone.

Join the Leeds March To Fund the NHS; Saturday April 1, 11.30am outside Leeds Art Gallery, on the Headrow.

Tougher prisons, and more of them

From: CN Middleton, Cleckheaton

Dear Sir,

It seems that nowadays people in power have little regard towards waste of taxpayers’ money.

Millions were spent on 17 police officers investigating Edward Heath’s alleged paedophile activities, which the case is now being closed, and the findings remaining confidential.

The ex-Prime Minister died in 2005, aged 89.

Also, police up north have re-opened a case where someone went missing 60 years ago.

Many people believe that a lot of police forces have lost the plot because of political correctness, and the fear that they may offend different minority groups, for example in the Rotherham and Rochdale fiascos.

Surely, the main job, with all hands on deck, should be to prevent crime and protect the general public from villains and burglars.

Two new prisons are to be built, one near York. No doubt they will be like comfortable holiday camps.

Please do the public a favour for a change instead of to the rogues and the vermin of society.

We need more prisons built that will make criminals never ever want to go back inside, preferably on remote Scottish islands.

Only then will we genuinely see crime figures shoot down, instead of false figures ‘massaged’ by the authorities.

West’s social policy has been a disaster

From: R Spreadbury, Liversedge

Dear Sir,

Here is an idea which might redress the balance. Deport the immediate family of any terrorist – mother, father and siblings – back to their ethnic homeland, perhaps even giving the receiving country a few quid as a incentive to re-settle them.

Perhaps these sort of consequences will force the community which spawns such ideology, and protects the perpetrators of cowardly violence against defenceless civilians, into a reassessment of their beliefs and motivations.

Perhaps then will we see a real attempt in addressing the fundamental problems of Wahabi ideology instead of the trotting out of the same old platitudes after each atrocity, led as always by that great beacon of democratic multiculturalism, the Muslim Council of Britain.

Remember the lessons of Northern Ireland?

The communities which spawned terrorists eventually got sick to death of their actions.

This meant that the various terrorist organisations and their members could no longer rely on the tacit support and shelter afforded by their respective communities.

The leaders were then forced to renounce violence and embraced political dialogue.

In case anyone needs reminding, the consequences and effects of Wahhabi Sunni Muslim-inspired violence are completely one-sided.

From ever-more stringent airport security checks endured when we go on our holidays, through to casting a shadow over the simple pleasures of strolling outdoors in our cities and open spaces.

Despite the constant rhetoric of the delusional, we are a divided society, from rich and poor, haves and have-nots, north and south, western and Asian, Christian and Muslim.

The socialist policy of bending over backwards to accommodate the practices, traditions, values and desires of every ethnic minority has been a complete disaster.

If necessary, people need forcing into a broad common western cultural identity.

Allowing disparate autonomous groups to flourish is a recipe for disaster. Always has been, always will be.

What leadership?

From: Stephen Cass, Mirfield

Dear Sir,

As the Mayor of London Labour’s Sadiq Khan has said: “Terror attacks are part and parcel of living in a major city ...”

In other words, get used to it.

And anyway, surely the occasional terror attack is more than compensated for by the many, many benefits that diversity bestows on this country. That’s the argument, isn’t it?

Of course nobody knows how they’d react if caught up in a terrorist incident, but I’m afraid what little confidence I do have in our politicians and leaders was yet further diminished when I learned of our MP Paula Sherriff’s somewhat undignified reaction to the attack in London last week: She hid in a cupboard.

What kind of leadership is that?

Then again, hiding in a cupboard is a pretty good metaphor for burying your head in the sand, so on reflection Ms Sherriff’s reaction was maybe the perfect response – if the cowards in Parliament excel at anything they excel at avoiding the issue.


Press praise made me laugh out loud

From: ‘An avid Press reader’

Dear Sir,

Writing as just an ordinary reader, can I add my own congratulations to The Press upon reaching your 15-year milestone.

Reading Danny Lockwood’s pieces about the founding of the company, and the difficulties that modern newspapers are facing, made me appreciate just how hard you all must work.

Your success in light of the collapse of your local competitor titles is proof that honesty and hard work really can deliver results.

Well done again.

The very many tributes paid by such a wide range of your customers that you have printed over recent weeks must make you all proud, but one in particular caught my eye on page 12 last week.

I laughed out loud at the wonderful comments from Helen Wilson (nee Brooke) of George Brooke Funeral Directors, about how she resisted the temptation to go for ‘a spag bol at Danny’s flat in Thornhill Lees’.

Oh Helen, as someone who accepted that kind invite (hence my letter being anonymous!), can I just say that you missed a treat.

It was entirely home-made, the pasta was perfectly al dente, and Danny was a perfect gentleman.

I voted remain, but we must respect the result

From: David Honeybell, Heckmondwike

Dear Sir,

I’m really surprised by the actions of those stalwarts of democracy, Tony Blair, Peter Mandelson and Alastair Campbell.

Surely all of them would respect and support the democratic result of the EU referendum?

It seems not, and the only form of democracy they believe in is if the result goes their way.

But credit where it’s due, all three of them are  singing from the same hymn sheet.

After seeing them all on TV recently, all trotting out the same mantra – the referendum result can be overturned. We can show the leave the EU voters the error of their ways.

Just who do these people think they are? Obviously, they regard the people who voted ‘out’ as being ignorant uneducated thick idiots, who they, the smart well-educated three wise men, can manipulate into accepting another vote. nd not only that, they would persuade them to change the way they voted.

As someone who campaigned to remain in the EU, I was disappointed by the result, but the vote went against what I wanted, and that should be the end of the debate.

Sturgeon’s idea of democracy is wrong 

From: Harold Laycock, Mirfield

Dear Sir,

In the 2014 Scottish Referendum over 50 per cent of the Scottish people voted to remain in the union with the United Kingdom.

In last year’s referendum, the people of the United Kingdom, including Scotland, were asked whether or not they wished to remain in or leave the European Union. By a majority, the people indicated that they wished to leave.

Nicola Sturgeon cannot accept this decision and rants on about the lack of democracy.

Her idea of democracy is to hold a referendum, if you don’t get what you want, hold another referendum and another and another until you do get what you do want!

Thanks for handing it in

From: Margaret Mitchell, Dewsbury

Dear Sir,

I recently left an expensive umbrella on the 268A bus from Dewsbury to Bradford.

I didn’t think that I would get it back, but a kind person thankfully handed it in.

I would just like to say a massive thank you to whoever that person was.

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