YEP Letters: August 16

Bernard Kenny, the man who tried to save Jo Cox from her attacker.
Bernard Kenny, the man who tried to save Jo Cox from her attacker.

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Death of hero who tried to save MP Jo Cox

Bernard Kenny - the heroic passer-by who was stabbed while trying to prevent the murder of West Yorkshire MP Jo Cox- has died. The 79-year-old former miner’s death was confirmed tonight by his son Phil Kenny. He is reported to have been suffering from cancer. Mr Kenny was stabbed in the chest as he courageously tried to go to the aid of Mrs Cox during the attack in Birstall that claimed her life in June last year. Mr Kenny was awarded the George Medal in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List. He worked as a miner for 40 years and was a former member of the Gomersal Mines Rescue team which tried to save victims of the Lofthouse pit disaster in 1973. Here are some of the tributes YEP readers have paid to Mr Kenny on social media..

Alan Denton

So sad, he was a brave man. He and Jo Cox are badly missed. May they both rest in peace and the perpetrator get his just deserts.

Elaine Williams.

Bless you sir. Would be a much better world if there were more like you.

David Charles Hyomes.

RIP Bernard. As a Dewsbury lad, I’m proud of you as a fellow son of the heavy woollen valleys.

Barbara McDermott

Rest in peace Bernard Kenny such a brave man my heart goes out to all of his family and friends.

Ruth Weir

A man who ran into danger. That is the definition of a hero.

Trevor Dixon

RIP Bernard Kenny GM. A man of true courage.

Jackie Gash

My thought go to Bernard’s family at this time. Goodnight hero.

Peggy Owen

R I P Bernard. You were a very brave guy . condolences to your family

John Wagstaff

Selfless hero, born for the moment to make his family proud.

Eileen Anne Hopkins

So sorry to hear this sad news.Sincere condolences to all Bernard’s family.

Julie Rice

What a true gent . His family must be very proud of him. God bless.

Gary Newton

Legend in people’s eyes. A true hero. RIP. God bless you sir.

Karen Blamires

what a true hero. RIP Bernard Kenny.

Steph Roe-Whitehead

It was a pleasure to meet you Bernard. RIP

Kevin Doyle

RIP Bernard true hero and gentleman

Annette Miller

RIP, hope you get a hero’s send off.

Catherine Cullen

A true hero and inspiration, may he rest in peace .

Donna Turpin

RIP. Such a shame what a hero you were.

Justin Campbell

RIP Bernard Kenny. Incredible brave person.

Thomas Stanley Orlando Gorman

God bless you, you’re in a better place now RIP.

Eileen Corp

RIP brave man.

Wendy Longley

True hero .Thinking of his family.

Julie Middleton

So sad, RIP a true gentleman

Stephen Wheeler

Respect to Mr Kenny. RIP.

Diane Moore

Rest easy Bernard

Airport took away stress

Mrs S Abbott, Wakefield.

RE negative reports about Leeds Bradford Airport, I would like to say that for the first time recently I had to book special assistance for my husband.

The service provided by OCS was exemplary, my husband in his wheelchair being taken through check-in, passport control and security straight to a special lounge area.

He was then taken onto the aircraft in a special lift and the staff really looked after us which made our flight via Jet2 to Duesseldorf stress free.

The same good service was provided on our return.

Not such a good service I read from Heathrow and other airports.

Effect of new car sales

John Riseley, Harrogate

SALES of new cars in the UK are down. In anywhere except the madhouse we inhabit, this would be good news.

With a large proportion of our vehicles made abroad, we still count the display and sale of such imports as one of our ‘industries’.

With the country drowning in personal debt, it is still apparently to be regretted if some consumers are holding back from buying on credit.

We are looking at a small increase in the average retirement age of cars.

Some will complain that this slows the introduction of newer technology which can improve fuel consumption.

Offset against this we are slowing the turnover of vehicles which, even with perfect recycling, involves the huge environmental impact of smelting and re-manufacture.

No doubt we will be warned of job losses, probably by the same people who tell us we don’t have enough workers for vital posts.

But running them for longer protects jobs in local repair garages rather than in Asian and European factories.

Take railways back into public ownership

John Appleyard, Liversedge

Commuters in Britain spend six times as much on rail fares as passengers in the rest of Europe and now we hear from the government nearly half of rail fares are to rise by nearly four per cent.

Meanwhile the private train operating companies paid out £228m. to their shareholders and the same companies received a public handout of £3.2b. in the same year.

These same companies in conjunction with the government are putting our security at risk by plotting to get rid of guards on our trains which would of course help boost their profits and is one good reason for taking the railways back into public ownership.

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