PAUL DRYSDALE (YEP, June 3) and Alan Freeman (June 6) seem concerned regarding what and what is not Yorkshire.
Quite needless confusion seems to have arisen over the past few years as to what is meant by the term ‘Yorkshire’.
Yorkshire and its Ridings have existed as a geographical entity for over 1,100 years but it was only in the 19th century that county councils were set up bearing the name ‘Riding’.
This was because the area they covered corresponded with the boundaries of the Ridings.
It was these councils – not the Ridings – which were abolished in 1974 and replaced with new ones.
Parliament has no power to alter or abolish the Ridings, as was made clear in a government statement at the time that said ‘the new names are for local government administration only; for all other reasons Yorkshire is still Yorkshire’.
The media, aided by the Post Office, have mainly been responsible for affording the new counties a geographical status denied them by Parliament.
This has given rise to an assumption that Yorkshire now consists only of North, South and West Yorkshire.
This is not true. Hull and Middlesbrough are still as much part of Yorkshire as they have ever been, despite being governed by councils not having a Yorkshire title.
The Ridings are still legally acceptable terms and can be used freely on legal documentation, including birth certificates.
I hope this clarifies the position for your readers, whichever Riding they live in.
Ron Davies, Yeadon
Let truth beat propaganda
AFTER recent election results, it is obvious that the average voter is not only easily fooled but is happy in his or her own gullibility.
The same could rightly be said about Dodgy Dave and his cronies who, with the help of some sections of the media, tried to make a poll disaster disappear. Do these people not look at the actual figures? In the local elections Labour gained 324 seats, Ukip gained 16, the Conservatives lost 236 and the Lib Dems lost 310.
Labour won control of several councils in the South, including a London borough from the Conservatives, and Ukip does not control a single council.
In the European vote, Ukip gained 11 seats, Labour gained seven, the Conservatives lost seven and the Lib Dems lost 10.
Yet the Conservative Party machine insists that ‘Labour’s performance was the worst ever for an opposition party’, and that ‘Labour is seen as a liability’.
They dare not fight on their record but resort to smears and propaganda to deflect attention away from the Conservatives’ disaster at the polls. The biggest loser was David Cameron and his useless, dying Conservative Party – even though much of the media would have us believe that Ed Miliband was the one in trouble.
The good news is that the latest opinion poll shows Labour on 34 per cent, the Conservatives on 25 and Ukip on 19.
Keep believing and let the truth triumph over propaganda.
R Pearson, Burmantofts
Blair has blood on his hands
HOW DARE Tony Blair say Ukip is ‘unpleasant and nasty’ when he should be tried for war crimes.
The man has got blood on his hands and should not be able to speak out against other parties that are trying to put this country back on their feet.
Roger Watkinson, Potternewton
A bit of legacy for non-cyclists
I totally agree with Nick Lojik (YEP, June 7) and his views on the resurfacing of the roads directly affected by the Grand Depart.
I notice the atrocious and downright dangerous road surface into Pool on the Arthington Road has now been resurfaced.
At least the non-cyclists in Leeds will actually get some kind of legacy from the Grand Depart.
If only we lived in a dreamland where this kind of attention to our crumbling road system was common place. Some chance.
Bob Green, Armley
Loud noise pubs are antisocial
FURTHER to John Mollett’s letter (YEP, June 3), pubs with televisions at full volume, together with children being allowed to run around, unsupervised, can only be described as anti-social.
As for Hoagy’s Bar, on Eastgate, upon which Mr Mollett heaps praise, every other visit I made there was greeted with football blaring out from the TV. I, for one, will not miss that establishment.
Let’s hope that the up and coming Victoria Gate development will attract a Wetherspoon’s pub, as the company lacks a presence east of Briggate, an area sadly lacking a good hostelry.
A Shipman, Swinnow
Regency style of Eastgate block
I AGREE with those expressing indignation and regret over the demolition of part of the Eastgate block of buildings.
Can we afford to allow even a part of an architecturally distinguished building to disappear? My father worked on the site (along with Len Hutton’s father), in the 1930s. It had a regency style about it.
What overriding imperative has driven this decision? Where are the local conservation and heritage groups?
Evidently, none of the 99 councillors objected.
Perhaps it would have infringed the 30-year rule, or the concept of collective responsibility or some omerta type secret oath.
I hardly dare imagine the gruesome glass misconception that awaits us in its place.
Paul Kilroy, Cookridge
Let’s honour Doris Storey
IN 1936, a Leeds swimmer travelled by sea to Sydney, Australia to the Empire Games and won two gold medals.
Her name was Doris Storey, a breaststroke swimmer. She trained at York Road baths (now closed).
In 1938 she went to Germany to the Olympic Games and swam with a fractured wrist. She didn’t win this time.
New swimming baths have been built and named the John Charles Centre, after a Welsh footballer.
The name of Doris Storey is never mentioned.
Surely, being a Leeds lass, she deserves some mention?
Name &address withheld
Top service from the NHS
The other Tuesday, my wife felt so unwell that we decided to visit our local surgery at 8am to try to see a doctor.
The surgery was packed out. Nevertheless in 80 minutes we were seen by the doctor who had skill and patience to listen and care about the symptoms.
Ten minutes later we were home with good advice and additional medication.
On the Thursday morning my wife was so ill and weak she was unable to walk to the car.
I visited the surgery to request a home visit which duly occurred at 2.40 pm.
More care was given and an ambulance arrived. St James’s Hospital received my wife and daughter at 4.10pm. A fluid drip was provided and tests completed. At about 7pm she entered ward 26.
The kindness of all the staff was marvellous. The ward was spotless and the food was most enjoyable. After further tests and consultations, her condition stabilised and she was back home at 6.15 pm on Friday. Absolute top service was received from an often maligned public service. We send our grateful thanks.
Ralph Middlebrook, Pudsey