Your Letters – Friday August 23, 2019

Nothing more rewarding than smiles

Letter of the Week: Jonathan Evans, Mirfield Show chairman

I would like to say a huge thank you to all the visitors who came along in the thousands last Sunday to Mirfield Agricultural Show.

We had yet another successful show this year. It was wonderful to see so many people with smiling faces enjoying the day. The weather turned out lovely on the day encouraging people to come along and enjoy the show.

We were very pleased in the numbers of entries into our competitions. They were once again very popular, especially the children’s competitions.

What talented people we have living here! The strongman competitions brought additional excitement to many, not just the committee, and it was great to host the first in the area.

I would like to pay tribute to our organising committee. We are all volunteers and we spend the whole year planning the event. 

We have a fantastic set of individuals who make up the show team. Their dedication, organisation and much hard work paid off and all went smoothly. A very big thank you, too, to all of the volunteers who give up their time over the weekend to help us with the event. 

We do rely on the volunteers for the smooth running of the show, and I think that they enjoy it too.

Last but not least, I would like to thank the businesses who sponsored events, attractions, prizes and advertising.

I would particularly like to thank FMG and Burg Wachter, who were our main sponsors of the show. I would also like to give a special mention to Mirfield Town Council who sponsored the marquee for us. All contributions from our sponsors are very, very much appreciated.

We try to put on an entertaining day with the focus on families and, being Yorkshire folk, we like good value. We welcome all comments and suggestions and you can put those to us at

If you are interested in joining the organising committee please get in touch, we have a number of roles that we are actively seeking new members to fill. Please come along to one of our meetings, meet the team, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing the smiles on show day.

I’ll miss John’s comments

From: Peter Moreland, Heckmondwike

I was sorry to learn of John Appleyard’s death. He and myself had kept in touch over the years by email and were part of a group of regular contributors to your paper on a number of issues.

Like the late Alan Carcas we did not always agree, but did agree not to fall out! Like many of your readers I will miss his thoughtful comments on a range of topics.

Who’s the hero swooping in?

From: ‘Heckmondwike Hector’

Eeeh, us Brexiters can on occasions be a dour lot.

Why don’t we cheer ourselves up with a satirical parody whilst we extricate ourselves from the mess we got ourselves into when we signed up to this European Rabble Market?

In making a comparison to the ‘remainer politicians’, do you recall the 1970s cartoon Dastardly and Muttley?

They were two characters from the earlier cartoon Wacky Races. The show was better known by its theme tune ‘Stop the Pigeon.’ 

Wow, doesn’t that word ‘stop’ resonate?

Dick Dastardly and his sniggering dog Muttley were flying aces and members of The Vulture Squadron, a crew of aviators on a mission to stop a homing pigeon named Yankee Doodle from delivering messages to the other side (that would be the Brexiters in our case). 

This is no idle comparison. The squadron tries to trap Yankee Doodle using their aeroplanes equipped with every device possible (quite reflective perhaps  to the ones that are intended  to keep us trapped in the  European Union).

Unfortunately for them they continually mess up; by crashing or colliding; not too unlike our tumbling Theresa.

In one showing, Dastardly and Muttley try to stop Yankee Doodle by knocking out and capturing him with falling ice cubes. 

Another time they salted his tail for the purpose of retrieving his message satchel, only to discover it contained a jigsaw puzzle that read ‘Sucker!’ while the pigeon had the real message under his helmet. 

In this new fitting scenario the Squadron Leader is none other than ‘Calamity Corbyn’ aided by his Second Lieutenant, ‘The Flying Abbot,’ closely followed by ‘Hopeless Hammond.’

In the script, the terrible trio are about to execute a plan hatched by conniving Clarke who has hacked into secret information called ‘Operation Yellow Pigeon.’ Inside Yankee Doodle’s message bag are details about the impact of ‘No Deal’.

The sinister trap is set, and at zero hour the vultures descend on the unsuspecting flutterer.

Out in the auditorium, the tense audience grip their seats in trepidation as the little bird crashes to the ground, where an inevitable fate awaits it. 

Suddenly the music swells; then the orchestral sound crescendos to the theme of Superman as a caped crusader with three Bs emblazoned on his chest zooms out of the sky. 

The spellbound audience burst into rapturous applause. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? NO!  It’s ‘Brexit Bomber Boris’ swooping to the rescue. “Hurraahhh!” 

Betraying our trust

From: Name and Address Supplied

Is it just me, or do we all think the same here?

It is obvious that the government (650 MPs) are following their own agenda and completely ignoring the direct instruction given to them by their paymasters, namely us, the electorate, in the 2016 referendum.

It seems to me that these so-called representatives are patronising all of us by their perceived actions that they know better than us. 

Why even our erstwhile MP Tracy Brabin, whose constituency voted to leave, has steadfastly voted against Brexit. The doomsayers will have us believe that the whole of Britain will collapse if we leave without a deal.

Henry Ford once said “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are invariably right”. 

Isn’t it about time that as a nation we started thinking positively about the opportunities Brexit offers rather than beating ourselves up about what might happen?

The actions of journalists and MPs are only just short of treason and are definitely betraying the trust of the electorate.

I have tried writing to Downing Street on this subject, but the best response was by some political minion whose platitudes didn’t cut the mustard.

I wonder if you have any clout with our political masters, as I think we deserve some straight answers.

Greens have changed course

From: Alec Suchi, Bradford

It would appear that Caroline Lucas, the sole Green Party MP, has missed her calling in life as a court jester, as evidenced by her proposal that a cabinet of prominent women should take control of the country and prevent the UK leaving the EU without an agreement.

Lucas has campaigned relentlessly for a misnamed ‘People’s Vote’, which is in actual fact a second referendum, because she like most of the Remainers cannot accept the legitimacy of the first result. 

In fact Lucas had admitted that she wouldn’t accept the result of a second referendum if the majority would vote to leave. 

Ironically she extols the supposed democratic virtues of the EU when showing contempt for democracy which proves inconvenient to her world view. 

Lucas had asserted that the EU is democratic because it has an elected parliament, but conveniently fails to acknowledge that its role is limited as it cannot propose or initiate legislation. 

Furthermore the Commission, the most powerful and influential part of the EU, is a non-elected body which decides the policies and direction of the organisation.

Lucas has extolled the virtues of the EU on the basis that it allows unrestricted movement of its citizens who are thus able to live, work and study where they would choose throughout Europe.

Although uncontrolled freedom of movement had not existed before, and which has proved detrimental, the ability to live, work and study throughout Europe has always been possible and does not require the existence of the EU for it to continue.

It would be interesting to learn whether Lucas realises that her fanatical support for the EU is inconsistent with the concept of subsidiarity, that decisions should be made at the lowest level of decision-making, or that her support for open borders contradicts the requirements of sustainable population levels, both policies previously advocated by the Green Party.

Caroline Lucas and her ilk are typical of the fanatics who have inveigled themselves in the Green Party, thus changing its direction from an environmentally-oriented party to one of social justice.

Share this post