YEP Letters: June 21

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Did you see Floyd in Leeds in the 60s?

Richard Houghton, by email

I am researching a book about psychedelic rockers Pink Floyd, famed for their 1979 hit ‘Another Brick In The Wall’ and their fabulous stage effects, including the inflatable pig Algie who once slipped his moorings at Battersea Power Station and flew off across London.

Before selling out arenas around the world, Pink Floyd started out playing smaller venues, including performances at the Queens Hall in Leeds in February 1967, Kitson College in May 1967, the Queens Hall again in November 1967, the New Marquee in December 1968, Leeds University in March and November 1969 and Leeds Town Hall in May 1969.I’m interested in capturing people’s memories for posterity and hopefully telling the band’s story in a slightly different way via first hand accounts of these earliest shows. I’d love to hear from anyone who saw them in their early career and I can be reached at

Street lights switch-off? Your views...

Up to 25,000 street lights in Leeds – more than 1 in 4 of the total – could be switched off as council bosses look to slash the city’s energy bill. More than 3,700 of Leeds’ 92,000 street lights have already been converted to switch off at midnight and back on at around 5.30am. And now council bosses are working to turn off a further 1,800 lights this year. The expansion plan comes despite the authority receiving 130 complaints and enquiries from the public about the issue in the year from March 2016 to April 2017. Here’s how YEP readers reacted to the proposal on social media.

Beverly Golesworthy

Ridiculous, and yet this same council can find millions to waste on cycle lanes virtually nobody uses. Get your priorities right, LCC. They don’t think of people, especially lone women, who have to go out early in the dark, in winter, with no street lights. I used to live on a street which did have lights, but they were a long distance apart and the bits in between were quite scary on your own. Save money somewhere else.

Luke Senior

The government should scrap the green levies that subsidise people like David Cameron’s father-in-law to have inefficient wind turbines on their land. That would free up valuable money so as to not require cut backs.

Kevin Eastwood

Labour incompetence, all the street lighting in Leeds has been replaced, why are we not using low energy smd bulbs? You could have your savings and leave all street lighting switched on. Year on year we suffer cutbacks in Leeds while you raise property tax, it is just disgraceful.

Tim Farley

Sensible, pragmatic measure. There are relatively few people around even in cities between 1am and 6am so little justification in keeping the streets lit.

Richard Whitfield

The lights they do use are next to useless. I know the lights we had decades ago were probably environmentally unfriendly but they did serve the function of making it possible to see where you were going and keeping the streets safer.

Darren Lewis

Certain studies/trials have shown the turning off street lights at night doesn’t increase crime. However I’m sure our council could save money elsewhere. 21st century problems.

Sean Comstive

Slash the energy bill, cut refuse collections,increase council taxes and then go and award the fat cats a healthy fat bonus for doing so and it’s the public that suffer! What a joke

this council is.

Nick Bell

Why don’t they convert them to LED like most other authorities would save a fortune and could then leave on! Seems backwards.

Stephen Jobson

Good luck with this. Where I live in the south lights out at 12.15 every night, car and especially van break-ins have rocketed, council say no evidence of this. Twelve vans done in one night where I live. Lock them down tight.

Shah Alam

Don’t do it! We have this policy where we live in Essex. It increases chances of road accidents and is unsafe for those working late night shifts.

StunniSh Zee

If LCC invested properly in the first place and installed solar panel street lights we wouldn’t have this problem, always looking at short term, you need to think about the long term investment.

Out means out

Leslie Pye, Leeds

In reply to D. Burslam (Letters June 19), the ballot paper asked one question. That was to remain or leave. With all its consequences. Not leave this bit but keep that bit,but leave. Most people were unaware of what the single market or customs union was, but did know the effect that immigration had on local communities. I liken leaving the EU to cancelling your subscription to a social club. In doing so your relinquish all amenities that the club has to offer.You can still gain access to the club’s facilities through associated membership through a third party. You become in fact an associated member. Perhaps the question on the ballot paper was to simplistic. Even so the result was clear.This is the mandate that our negotiators take with them. Please accept it. Out means out.

Pride at hero’s memorial

Mike Gomersall, Castleford

I would like to express my immense pride in the unveiling of Thomas Bryan VC’s blue plaque memorial, on Saturday June 17.

It is a long time coming for Thomas to be given the credit he deserves for being a First World War hero, Victoria Cross hero, but most of all a Castleford and Whitwood hero.

Thanks goes to Alan Austin who has arranged this unveiling in only two months.

I would also like to thank the people of Castleford and surrounding areas for coming and sharing this heroes late welcome.

I have done a great deal of research about Thomas over the last 18 years. I wrote a book, gave the Castleford library a lot of historical information and also pleaded in the local press for Thomas to have some kind of recognition.

With the help of Alan and the Castleford Branch of the YVRA & YRA this hero has now got a Blue Plaque on the Castleford Library frontage, for all to see.

A few years ago I asked people on the streets of Castleford who Thomas Bryan was?

The obvious answer, quite wrongly, was a cricketer. If I asked now, hopefully it would be a different answer.

Well done to all that went and all of the unsung backroom people that brought this together to create a great day. Also thanks to Alex Weston, Thomas’s grandson, and his wife for being so courteous on such a hot day. Well done Castleford.

They have blood on their hands

Jennifer Bookbinder, Leeds

I see that another bullfighter has met his death in France. In an earlier fight with the bull which ultimately killed him, he cut the bull’s ear off. In the second fight, the bull had blood pouring from it.

Of course, the bull is going to retaliate against such terrible injuries inflicted on it. Wouldn’t you? These bulls are bred just to die in the ring, purely for people’s entertainment and sick lust. The bull was killed later, as they all are. The promoters of these ghastly bullfights must surely have blood on their hands.

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