YEP Letters: March 15

Have your say

I’M just writing a letter as I noticed an article about people not giving people seats on trams, not sitting children on their knees or making older ones stand.

Has anyone else noticed on the buses it’s the same. I’m disabled and walk with a stick. The other week I had to stand all the way to Leeds.

Plenty of times there are parents sat in disabled seats with their buggies.

One day there were four girls all sat in disabled seats.

I’ve noticed when an old gentleman got on up and gave him a seat.

There were plenty of seats at the back where they could go.

There’s a man who sits in a disabled seat every time he’s on the bus.

He puts his briefcase on the next seat to him and puts his headphones on, so when you ask him to move his case he just ignores you.

Also the girl who always sits on the disabled seat with her buggie in the aisle when the buggie place is empty.

You just can’t get past the lady who always sits on two front seats every week coming home from town and takes a seat up for her shopping bag.

Why have people got so ignorant, old and young.

I’m nearly 60 and it happens to old people in their 80s all the time.

It’s disgusting.

Is there anybody out there who feels the same?

Name and address supplied

Gratitude that still exists today

RE the article on WW1 Belgian refugees in Leeds from Louvain or Leuven as it is in the Flemish language, the home of a well known lager brand; also the University town where the Germans destroyed by fire the whole library of rare mediaeval books and manuscripts, and when the officer who ordered this outrage was told, “History will not judge Germany kindly for this”, said in reply, “ In that case, we will write the history ourselves!”

I believe that gratitude for Britain’s help for Belgians in both WW1 and WW2 still exists today, as when delivering or collecting goods in both the French and Flemish speaking areas of that country the people there are always very helpful, for example I have experienced them going out of the way 
in their cars just to show me where some remote factory or warehouse was, plus of course 99 per cent of Belgians speak

perfect English.

DS BOYES, Upper Rodley Lane, Leeds LS13

Three years may be too long

A blood test last year suggested to my GP borderline thyroid problems.

He said we should keep an eye on this and said I should have another blood test in six months time.

I have just had another blood test which confirmed it to be still borderline.

They still continue to think it should be monitored and suggest another blood test, not in six months but three years time.

As I am now 81 years of age neither me or my thyroid may be around then.

I suppose that is the point of making it three years instead of six months.

Walt Emsley, Gipton Wood Road, Leeds LS8

Research about ‘canary girls’

I’M writing in the hope that your readers can help me with some research.

I’m writing a book about the brave young women who worked in the munitions factories during the First World War, and who were often known as ‘canary girls’ because of the effect the chemicals had on their skin.

One of those munitions factories was the No.1 (Leeds) National Filling Factory at Barnbow.

I would love to hear from anyone who had a female relative who worked at this factory, and who has any material they can share with me, whether it be family stories, written records or photos.

I can be contacted at WW1canarygirls@gmail.com.

Many thanks in advance.

Michael Streeter, by email

Sandy’s bid to find Denise

THIS is a big shot in the dark, but I was wondering if your newspaper can help me track down a friend I haven’t seen for over 40 years.

In November 1969 I set sail from Melbourne, Australia on the ship Australis, and met up with two girls - Christine Gulin, and Denise Keith, both of whom were from Adelaide Australia.

Denise was originally from Leeds and was returning home after having migrated to Australia with her parents years earlier.

Christine and I found each other again recently and we wondered what happened to Denise - I visited her once in Leeds, and had written to her a few times afterwards, but did not receive a reply.

I have no doubt she is still in Leeds as she loved her home town very much and was so excited when we arrived in England.

She was also hoping to rekindle a childhood romance. Denise would be about 63 now.

If you have something like a “desperately seeking” column, I would really appreciate being included in it.

With very best wishes, and gratitude for your time.

Sandy Coughlan, by email

Innocent unless proven guilty

IN reply to the vitriolic letter from Mrs J Thompson on Tuesday complaining about the photograph of Mr J Savile in an article about the selling of his flat.

I thought we lived in a society where a person still remains innocent until proven guilty.

It looks like she has clearly convicted him with no evidence whatsoever that has been properly tested by any court or enquiry.

I would hate to have this woman on any jury in this country, it sounds as if she would still like to burn witches.

Ivan Kovacks, by email

Trolleybuses are out of date

IN RESPONSE to the letter from Mark Hammill concerning the proposed Leeds NGT Trolleybus (YEP, 13th March), in which he states, “This is the first of its kind in the UK and will be a wow factor, something new and different”, there is a very good reason why no other town or city in the UK is contemplating trolleybuses as any part of their public transport infrastructure.

It is because they are the epitome of out of date, obsolete technology and are particularly unsuitable for modern, car-dominated cities which often have fairly narrow roadways.

Trolleybuses have been rejected by London and they already have 600 hybrid/electric buses running with plans to have 1,700 in place by 2016.

London is also introducing a number of all-electric buses.

Mark states that, “People in Leeds say that it’s not value for money” and I and a majority of Leeds people have to agree. At £28m for every mile of the proposed route where the intention is to destroy, degrade and disfigure valuable and historic, civic assets and ruin a substantial green corridor leading out of Leeds it seems to represent the very worst way to spend a lot of taxpayers’ (yours and my) money.

The trolleybus cannot achieve its stated aims; it will not be zero-carbon emissions as the electricity for it will be generated from dirty coal, it will not be rapid transport at an average of 12mph, it will not reduce congestion because it will hold up all other traffic, it will not encourage cycling or walking because these are not prioritised in the scheme. I could go on but don’t have enough space here to outline all of the drawbacks.

We do need a modern, integrated public transport system in Leeds but Trolleybus is not it – no wow factor here.

Nigel Sleeman, Leeds