YEP Letters: May 9

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Nicks and necks - what’s in a pub’s name?

Karen Shaw, Halton

I AM writing regarding the recent articles about The Swan With Two Necks (Nicks) pub. I am the granddaughter of David and Maud Sutcliffe, and the daughter of David and Louise Sutcliffe, former licensees of the hostelry and also the original, a coaching inn which was previously on the site.

Sadly my father passed away in 2008 but my mother Louise is still going strong at the age of 90!

As the original owners of The Swan my mother remembers that the error occurred when the mural was put in place whereby the “Nicks” was inadvertently written as “Necks” – both being correct as the Swans have both.

My father attended St Mark’s School and the headmaster in question was Mr Wilson who was the best man at my mother and father’s wedding at St Mark’s Church in 1945.

My grandmother made him a sandwich and a drink each lunchtime as he was a good friend of the family.

My grandfather ran the children’s trip every year which took place in August and up to 300 children were taken to Scarborough for the day. Over the years my sister Barbara, brother George and myself were part of the event.

My grandfather also organised “The Woodhouse Walk”. I have a wonderful scrapbook from my grandfather covering this and many events in Woodhouse over many years.

I and my family spent many happy years in The Swan from the fun of the Concert Room where many university students spent a Saturday night, to the upstairs room where The Order of the Water Buffalos held their meetings, to the gathering of the “Woodhouse Moor Feast” workers twice a year congregated in the “Tap Room” for a few pints!

I received many free rides at those times, after all I was the landlord’s granddaughter!

Farewell to a fine Leeds MP

Hilary Harris, Leeds

At a time when many people are perhaps more cynical than usual about politicians, I would like to pay tribute to one who has just stood down as the Member of Parliament for East Leeds.

George Mudie was not only leader of Leeds City Council for many years but has also represented East Leeds as an MP since 1992.

Yet he has stood down without any great fanfare or fuss. That does not surprise those of us who know him well. He is a modest man who has always cared passionately about his constituents and who has gone to extraordinary lengths to represent them.

He has never been one to seek the limelight or publicity and always preferred to be in his beloved constituency than in Parliament.

I had the great privilege to work for George for 32 years. As we have been clearing the office in preparation for his retirement and for mine, I boxed George’s “thank you” letters.

Whenever someone wrote to thank him for helping them, he kept the letter or card and there are literally hundreds of them.

People wrote of how he changed their lives for the better, that nothing was too much trouble for him and that they will never forget his efforts and his kindness.

I hope that they will be glad to read that he still has their letters and cards, has always cherished them and has taken them with him.

George was the most generous, kind and thoughtful boss that anyone could have wished for. I shall miss his optimism and humour but the greatest loss is to the people of East Leeds. I wish him and his lovely wife, Sue, a long and happy retirement together.

Avoid the fine by taking the bus

Nick Keer, Cottingley

Yet again a number of readers are moaning about being penalised for entering bus lanes and other restricted areas.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – use a bus and/or train! It’s just so much easier when travelling to a city centre such as Leeds. No parking hassle or expense and a much reduced carbon footprint.

We’re now into May and I’ve yet to take my car into town this year. It’s simply not necessary. If you’re not within walking distance of a railway station then I would suggest driving to one or use the new park & ride next to Elland Road football stadium.

Let’s just see how much better life in Leeds city centre could be if car dependency was brought right down.

Clegg’s insult to the electorate

Terry Maunder, Kirkstall

Nick Clegg has described the election results for the Lib Dems as “cruel”. What on earth did he expect?

How dare he describe the electorate in such terms? His pomposity knows no bounds.

Speed limit cut not the answer

D Angood, Stanningley

Whilst I can see the importance and the reasoning behind the 20mph in certain areas the blanket proliferation of this speed limit is an affront to the majority of drivers.

These drivers are the ones who always drive with the consideration and courtesy that was instilled in them in their upbringing and has been transferred to their driving skills.

They are the ones who know how to drive to suit the conditions, the ones that have the intelligence to anticipate things before they happen and so avoid any mishaps.

The minority who drive outside the parameters of the law and the characteristics above are the ones who should be made to suffer yet time and again we see the courts dispensing justice with a velvet glove instead of an iron fist.

Do the advocates of this speed limit think that a sign will deter the idiots who do not care one way or the other what the speed limit is as long as they can drive how they want?

Do they think the police will be able to catch and prosecute all those drivers who won’t abide by this 20mph, because you can bet that the majority of drivers will not abide by it?

They quote figures of accidents etc but do they quote how many of these are the fault of the driver when a pedestrian is injured or how many are the fault of the pedestrian?

How many children have been knocked down by the careful majority of drivers, those who see children playing and anticipate the possibility of one running in the road and so adjust their driving to suit?

Let us not inflict such measures on the majority but inflict more draconian measures on those who do not observe the law, Highway Code and all its ramifications.

Fifty or so severe punishments will see the same effect as the reduced speed limit but without the need for the majority to suffer.

Phyllis Bentley with her novel Inheritance

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