YEP Letters: April 7

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Playing dance halls with very skilled musicians

Ian Butler, Calverley

YOU RECENTLY published a letter from Paul Croft on dance halls (Your Feedback, March 26).

Both my brothers played at a number of them in Leeds. Barrie played double bass and Tony the drums.

Barrie died a few years ago but Tony is in Tasmania and I sent him a copy of Paul Croft’s letter. The following is his reply, which I thought may be of interest.

“Thanks for the clipping, brings back lots of memories, pity he didn’t mention the Broadway Hall and good old Harry Paver.

“I wonder if the Harry Donahue mentioned was the same Harry I played with a few times at the Peacock at Rawdon, good piano player, with Eric Craven on tenor sax, can’t remember the bass guitar player.

“If you remember, the Wallace family used to do a musical comedy sketch there in between the dancing.

“I took over at the Broadway from Alick Sidebottom who went to join Jack Mann at the Capitol. Times changed and the dance halls became clubs or discotheques.

“I played many times at the Capitol with David and Marian Dalmour, Trevor Holroyd on guitar, Jack Dye on piano for weddings and Barmitzvas.

“I was with Tony Harrison, resident band at the Astoria (this was 1963/64). Both Barrie and I played at the old Mecca, Barrie played at the Capitol later and after the Jack Mann period, when it became a club called The Cats Whisker.

“I could go on, suffice to to say I think I have played in a very large percentage of the dance halls in Leeds and played with some very talented musicians. The irony is that the majority closed down. Blame The Beatles.”

Yobs on estate stand out

R Kimble, Hawksworth

Neil Duffy has completely misunderstood my letter about the Hawksworth Estate (Your Feedback, April 2).

In that letter I praised the actions of a little known Resistance group in the Second World War and also Allied POWs after watching two TV programmes about them.

I then compared them to the yobs I see constantly on the estate with their hoodies, their spitting, their mocking other people, their drug taking and their laziness (I’ve seen some of them lounging in the garden drinking heavily in the summer while their wives/partners do the gardening!).

Their only interest seems to be Facebook, it’s all they talk about.

I then expressed concern at the unthinkable possibility of these characters defending this country.

I did not say the whole estate was like this, just a very visible percentage who spoil life for others.

I am not so blinkered that I don’t appreciate that there are also good, decent people around – I just don’t see or encounter them all that often.

Perhaps they don’t like going out and spending their time avoiding the dog mess that is everywhere or said yobs abusing them verbally.

I see gardens that would have resulted in eviction from the Estate I grew up on in the 50s and 60s but the council seems to do nothing.

The ghetto mentality occurs because certain types of people have entire generations clustered in small areas. It’s as if they reinforce each other’s anti-social behaviour.

I did not intend to offend good people, just to point out that a lot of young people today lack the character of those featured in the programmes I watched.

Rachel Reeves is a first-class MP

Howard Ray, Bramley

I FEEL I must reply to DS Boyes’ letter (Your Feedback, March 31) in particular his comments relating to Rachel Reeves, the standing Leeds West MP.

It’s true Rachel does not come from Yorkshire so it must give her great satisfaction to have overcome this handicap by becoming a first class and much admired MP.

She has a work rate second to none and a genuine desire to look after the wants and needs of her constitutes.

To also find the time to satisfy the ever increasing demands of the media is to be much applauded.

Certain Tory MPs have expressed the view that Rachel’s ambitions should be restricted to motherhood; they are of course deluded. In common with certain correspondents.

Battle of the false promises

Derek Barker, Moortown

ONCE AGAIN we have gone through the general election time warp that has repeatedly manifested itself over the last 17 years with the main party leaders making promises that they know that they either won’t be able to or have any intention of keeping.

No doubt their excuses have already been spun and saved for later.

They say that an old head can’t be put onto young shoulders and that is probably correct, as people have a tendency to learn from personal experience rather than that of others who have lived a bit longer.

Unfortunately it can take years to wake up to the reality that a politician will promise anything to get themselves voted into government, because they can always fall back on blaming the outgoing government for not being able to keep any pre-election pledge that they make.

I have over the years learned a sure fire way of knowing when a politician during an election is telling lies; their lips move and words come out of their mouths.

While David Cameron and Ed Miliband are currently engaged in wooing the electorate by trying to out-lie each other, those of us who are old enough to remember when political leaders were generally much more sincere in their commitment to implementing their party policies with fewer, if any, hidden agendas are just counting the days to polling day to vote.

I sincerely hope that there is a good turnout on polling day as that would make it less likely of there being another hung Parliament.

Extend M11 for improved links

Roger Brown, Wakefield

IN addition to all the transport improvements proposed for Yorkshire (HS2 etc), why not simply extend the M11 up to the Humber Bridge; and perhaps beyond to the North East?

Not only would this provide a third major highway link from east of the Pennines to the South, but it could facilitate improved access to Lincolnshire and the East Coast.

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