YEP Letters: July 12

banned: The Sex Pistols' song God Save the Queen was banned by the BBC.
banned: The Sex Pistols' song God Save the Queen was banned by the BBC.
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A lexicon of records banned by BBC

Terry Maunder, Leeds

I SMILED at the letter regarding Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s “Relax” (YEP Letters July 10).

The lexicon of records banned by the BBC/Radio 1 includes Max Romeo, Tom Robinson Band, Sex Pistols, George Michael and The Dead Kennedys. I obviously can’t state the title of the latter single, released in 1981, but one of my favourite of many Tony Blackburn cringe moments was his introduction to this single on The Chart Show when it got into the lower reaches at number 36.

He said words to the effect of “at number 36 is a single I can’t repeat the name of, by a band who for some reason choose to call themselves The Dead Kennedys. Moving quickly on..” Classic. There were eight different versions of “Relax” on 7” and 12” vinyl including DJ mixes as I recall.

The promo film was also banned by the BBC, as I recall, can’t imagine why.

Rail bosses off the tracks in a fantasy world

From: Bill Adams, Regional Secretary, Trades Union Congress, Yorkshire & Humber.

THE claims by Northern that driver-only trains can operate successfully and without delays makes clear that rail bosses live in a fantasy land.

You only have to look at the sorry state of the antiquated train carriages operating on Northern routes to see why.

Driver-only trains (while still unsafe) could only work in a perfect world with new trains, fully-staffed stations and rescue engineers only minutes away.

Any commuter knows that the reality is much different. If only one thing goes wrong, such as a jammed door or a health or safety issue with a passenger, there will be no train guard on hand to resolve it.

Northern themselves admit that most of their 464 stations are un-staffed, and their boss, Alex Haynes, stated that “it’s far more efficient to have someone on the train”.

Rather than pocketing profit for their owner DeutscheBahn, Northern should be seeking to improve their creaking service by investing in their staff, newer trains, and upgrading their stations.

Passenger safety will always be better served by having a train guard on board. But Northern would rather lose the staff and pocket the difference.

Don’t take voters for granted

Don Burslam, Dewsbury.

I HAVE always believed that it is a good thing for MPs to have had substantial experience in ‘proper’ jobs before entering the Commons.

However, there are several MPs who have apparently not relinquished responsible jobs such as doctors, nurses and teachers on being elected.

True there are exceptional people who can juggle multiple tasks with success, but there is a doubt whether they can devote the hours required for discharging their responsibilities as MPs.

Many successful members have been chosen by a small coterie of activists and voted in on a party label. There were several unexpected results at the election so people should not take voters for granted.

Lack of facilities

Jeremy Whittington, Leeds.

EVERY Sunday over 300 people take their own chairs or sit on council benches in Wetherby from 1.30-4.30pm to listen to the visiting brass bands and there are no toilets of any kind.Leeds City Council should be ashamed of themselves. Where should we all go to the toilet?

In the 21st century there are such things as chemical toilets. The Riverside car park is often full to bursting and we, the general public, get there by 1.30pm to get a seat or a spot to put one’s own chairs to listen to the visiting bands.

It is quite disgusting that the council does not provide chemical toilets. A disgraceful state of affairs.

‘Cycle lane is dangerous’

Mr A J Pickard, Leeds 15

Interesting to read all the pro and anti letters about cyclists and cycle lanes.

From what I see on York Road it is only a matter of time before a pedestrian and/or bus passenger is run down and killed by a cyclist.

The cycle lane has been designed to cross the footpath regularly and make the bus stops into islands by the road.

I have seen near misses when passengers alight buses and as a walker I have been shocked by fast moving cyclists coming up behind me with no bell or verbal warning.

I think the cycle lane is very dangerous and needs to be closed until safety checks are done by the council, police and the bus companies.

In defence of cycling

Paul Annis, by email

Mrs J Green (YEP Letters, July 6) finds it unfair on motorists that cyclists do not have the same restrictions on their use of the roads as do motorists.

Everyone has the right to use the roads: cyclists, pedestrians, horse riders, and all.

There are special restrictions in place for motorists for two reasons: because of the emissions they produce that damage the atmosphere, and because their mass and speed make them so dangerous to other road users.

Because cyclists are of little danger by comparison, there is, quite rightly, no need for cyclists to be licence or to have special insurance.

If you require cyclists to be licensed and insured then you will have to do the same for the rest of the population: horse riders, skateboarders, pedestrians, and all.

Additionally, motor vehicles take up the great majority of the space on our roads, but despite this motorists still begrudge cyclists the small amount of space we require, whether it be on the main carriageway itself or in a lane or track to one side.

Mrs Green, for example, finds it “shocking that cyclists are not compelled to make use of the new £29m cycle ways”.

I very much doubt that she would like it if motorists were compelled to use particular roads, such as motorways or A Roads, wherever possible, instead of taking whichever route they happen to prefer.

Mrs Green also remarks that “Apart from couriers and people who use their bikes for travelling to work their use is mainly recreational”.

That is of course equally true of cars and their drivers. It is quite unreasonable to assume that a journey made by bicycle is less important than a journey made by car.

Come along to school reunion

Dennis Best, by email

Parlington Secondary Modern School was a modified army base situated on Cattle Lane Aberford and served the Tadcaster Rural District Council as a secondary school from 1954 until 1968.

Because of the flimsy buildings that were spread out across a large area, a pupil could and often did kick holes from the outside into the classrooms the school soon became known as Cardboard City.

We would like to notify all the YEP readers who survived those school years – I say survived because of all the live bullets and the odd hand grenade that were found just below the surface of the playing fields – that we are staging our Parlington school reunion on Saturday August 12, a reunion that we began in 2011, 50 years after my form year left school.

The reunion is to take place at 7.30pm at Garforth Working Men’s Club, with £1 entry fee payable on the door.

Anyone who attended the school at any time during its lifetime is elegible to attend and can bring spouse/partner or a friend.

All of us vintage pupils are getting older and thinning out a bit and this is the ideal opportunity to meet up and re-aquaint with old school friends you thought you might never see again. So on that note, all welcome.

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