YEP Letters: June 17

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Thanks for the fabulous memories

V O’Donnell, East End Park

THE EVER-changing image of our city centre is continuing apace, with the construction of the retail development in Eastgate.

My personal memories take me back to a happening which took place on an evening in June 1955 on that particular site.

The event was my bachelor night, and the venue for this low key affair was the Yorkshire Hussar, latterly Hoagys, a superb “watering hole” which has lamentably been sacrificed on the altar of consumerism.

In those austere days of the 1950s, there were no jaunts to Benidorm or Amsterdam, just a gathering of friends and workmates enjoying a convivial get together.

Although it was a liquid celebration without the distractions of food, the presence of my soon to be brothers-in-law, John Morgan of YEP renown, and Frank Gray, ensured that humour and anecdotes were on the menu.

Sadly, most of those who attended are no longer with us, so on their behalf may I say farewell and thanks to Yorkshire Hussar, and welcome to John Lewis.

A knighthood, for what?

Liz Goodwill, by email

A knighthood, for what (Gary Verity)? I’m sure he’s a lovely guy, but a knighthood for being a vastly overpayed exec of something that costs the taxpayers of this county thousands – bike races.

Why don’t surgeons, doctors, nurses etc who save lives daily get them?

And as far as “devolution,” we ain’t Lancashire, we’re Yorkshire and proud - different ballgame!.

Such folly of privatisation

Martin J Phillips, Cookridge

If anyone is still in any doubt about the folly of privatising railways,they should watch Monday’s Dispatches via Channel 4’s on-demand service.

The programme showed how Northern Rail ticket machines in Leeds do not have provision for the cheapest tickets on many routes, yet Northern Rail is fining passengers who do not buy a ticket from the machine before travelling, thus forcing passengers to buy more expensive tickets.

BBC’s Watchdog programme on Thursday further highlighted much that is wrong with the privatised railways.

European Union ‘disaster’

Terry Watson, Adel

More people now believe that the EU is no different from the old Soviet Union.

The similarities are undeniable.

Like the old USSR, the EU is governed by a group of people who appoint one another, are unaccountable to the public and enjoy generous salaries, massive perks and huge pensions. They are pretty much above the law and cannot be sacked.

Politicians who do support the EU can look forward to good jobs when they retire or leave domestic politics like Neil Kinnock who after only six years as an “EU commissionaire”, retired a multi millionaire .

Could this be what our Prime Minister is looking forward to?

For all his big talk about Britain leaving the EU ,he has no intention of leaving.

He has made it very clear to the other EU leaders that he doesn’t want to.

How can he expect to get the changes that the British want for us to vote to stay in with that attitude?

The Eurosceptic politicians should make the public aware of what it costs to the taxpayer to be a member of this failing “super state”.

We should have a cost/benefit analysis which is what backbenchers have been calling for for years.

This would prove what a complete waste of money the EU is, but Cameron wouldn’t dare.

The EU has been a complete disaster for Britain. We have had a trading deficit every year since we joined, so what is the point of paying £55m a day to be members of a corrupt, inefficient, undemocratic super state?

Britain would blossom without the stupid rules and red tape imposed on us by the Brussels morons.

One British manufacturer said it was easier to export to America than to the EU!

We are already exporting far more to non EU countries and would do far more if we left.

When asked what benefits we get from EU membership, the lofty view from Whitehall has always been that the benefits are so self evident they don’t need to name them.

In other words there aren’t any.

What were his motives?

Ernest Lundy, by email

With reference to the young suicide bomber, Talah Asmal, from Dewsbury, and his despicable action in Iraq, one really does have to question his motives.

Young men of all nations with nationalistic or religious ideals, especially when young, join the services knowing full well they could run the risk of being killed or injured.

But acting only as devil’s advocate one has to be puzzled over the mind-set of what we are told was a good-looking, modest, average family teenager like others of his age.

This being so, and knowing what would be his fate, was he an exceedingly courageous young man, totally deluded, or mentally deranged?

History of city’s oldest golf clubs

D Angood, by email

Regarding one of the facts of the day June 15, it seems that your statistician has not done his homework.

Two golf clubs were created in 1892 both claiming to be the oldest although Fulneck says probably while Headingley says they are.

History says Fulneck was formed in 1892 but do not give a month and Headingley give the date as October 1892 for their formation as a nine hole course on the Beckett Estate at the side of Spen Lane.

They moved to their present site in 1906. So historically Fulneck are the oldest club having remained on their site throughout.

Unfortunately I have been unable to confirm the month of their formation but the club is the oldest in Leeds to be still present on the original course.