YEP Letters: April 1

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Anyone can see that this is a rail waste of money

Martin Phillips, Cookridge

REGARDING the article entitled “Balls in Threat to scrap HS2” (YEP, March 26) 
and your own comments suggesting Ed Balls is on the wrong track, the House of Lords’ Economic Affairs Committee basically said that HS2 was a waste of money and only London would get any economic benefit.

As the House of Lords report states, there are other ways to improve the northern economy and transport links at a fraction of the cost.

Anyone with an iota of common sense can see that 
the HS2 scheme is simply a way of getting more people to London to increase its economy.

Ed Balls, if elected, should re-nationalise the rail system so that the money presently going into the shareholders pockets will be re-invested in the railway infrastructure.

The fact that the nationalised East Coast rail provider managed to make a profit where two private companies failed (despite massive financial support 
from the taxpayer) speaks volumes!

The House of Lords report also reinforces just how out of touch with reality Councillor Keith Wakefield is.

He should be focusing on getting more trains and longer trains operating on the lines across the North.

HS2 is not going to stop overcrowding on the Transpennine or Harrogate lines.

Capitol way to spend a night

Marjorie Whitehead, Chapel Allerton

WELL, I’ve decided to climb on the bandwagon – no pun intended – regarding the Capitol Ballroom at Meanwood.

When my older sister went there during the war the band was Bert Noble, but when I took to the floor it was Gordon Homer and the Capitol Orchestra.

Living about 15 minutes walk away, my friend and I would go almost every week – occasionally we had a break and would visit the Astoria or the Broadway Hall at Horsforth.

She met her future husband there. I was more concerned that a rather large girl was wearing an identical dress to the one I was wearing. It wasn’t a very large ballroom so there was nowhere to hide.

We loved the Cap and would queue to get tickets for the Boxing Day Dance and then for the New Year one. This latter usually proved somewhat disastrous as most people were there with a partner. But never say die, we did it again the following year.

The girls were always dressed in their best, and the boys wore suits and ties or blazers and flannels but always looked tidy and clean.

They would come over and say “would you care to dance?” and would usually bring you back afterwards.

There was a slight hiatus as some of the boys got a pass-out and nipped across to the Beckett Arms. Maybe to absorb some Dutch courage!

But nobody was drunk. They would not have been allowed in, Mr Jackson would have seen to that.

On the parade, at the opposite end to the Ballroom was the Capitol Cinema, where we kids would go on a Saturday afternoon to the “tuppenny rush” (calling first at Miss Simpson’s sweet shop next door to spend some of our sweet coupons).

There, we would be in awe of the Lone Ranger, the Cisco Kid and Flash Gordon and the Spiderwoman.

It is funny how all these things come flooding back so readily. Just don’t ask me what I was doing last week!

Dancing days at Armley Baths

Graham Waite, Leeds

I’VE ENJOYED reading recent letters regarding local dance band venues in Leeds but don’t recall seeing any mention of Armley Baths Saturday night dances.

My dad played trumpet in Jimmy Harrison’s Dance Band there and I fondly remember him in his evening suit, complete with silk lapels and black bow tie.

I played my part in his band attire preparations by polishing his shoes, for which I received a well-earned threepenny bit!

Vote for things to get better

Mel Smart, Farsley

THERE HAVE been many letters in your pages regarding the upcoming election and what will happen with a hung Parliament and SNP having the balance of power.

I am reminded of the Doris Day song Que Sera Sera, because whatever we get will be better than the shambles of pathetic government we have had for the past five years.

Cut, cut, cut is all we have seen. The rich have been made richer and the poor have been made poorer.

The Tories certainly know how to look after their own people.

A case in point was a work colleague who wanted a new hip joint and went to see his doctor.

The doctor agreed and said he would make the necessary arrangements and it would take three years waiting on the list.

“What if I go private?” my mate said. The doctor said: “It will cost £10,000 and I can get you in a week on Wednesday.”

That is a typical example of queue jumping by those with wealth. The rest have to suffer and wait.

The same applies to the citizens of Leeds who have had central Government funding cut, cut and better cut by Whitehall to such an extent that the Labour Council has the job of plaiting sawdust in order to serve us.

And drastic cuts to services are having to be made. Who gets the blame? The council. Who is at fault? The Government.

So I repeat, whatever will be will be come May but I hope people will see sense and vote for change because under the present lot it will not get any better.

Anyone for cricket chat?

Jack Binns, Halton

IF I remember correctly, the late Bob Appleyard took his 200th wicket during the last game of the season on a Saturday morning at the Scarborough Festival cricket ground.

Football had started and I was travelling up to Elland Road on a tram and saw the headlines on a billboard – “Appleyard’s 200th”.

He was a great cricketer in a great side.

I have always enjoyed cricket more than any other sport, there being more to it than any other game.

It lasts longer; there are more statistics and there is more humour. Does any reader remember the famous news reader many years ago who read out that Hutton was ill when in fact he had scored 111?