YEP Letters: November 11

Terry Cunningham pictured in 2006.
Terry Cunningham pictured in 2006.
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A toast to Terry as club marks 60th anniversary

Terry Cunningham - who was manager of St Nicholas FC in the heart of Gipton in Leeds for more than 40 years and is a hugely popular east Leeds figure - will be given special attention at the club’s 60th anniversary celebration next month. The reunion event for past players and associates takes place on December 2 and one of the organisers Steve Hart said: “Terry will be there next month and it will be great for us all to see him. The discipline principles and pride he instilled in his players as young men have made a massive difference to so many lives. He’s some character and really deserves an OBE or another honour to recognise everything he has done.” YEP readers have paid tribute to Terry on social media...

Martin Geddes

Very proud to say he is my uncle. Deserves all the credit he is given. Know a lot of local lads credit him with helping them become the decent men they are today.

Catherine Kiaie

Terry is my second cousin. He really does deserve an OBE.

David Mitchell

Enjoyed playing for St Nick’s. Terry is a great person.

Anne Jones

He was the altar boy at my wedding 56 years ago. What a legend.

Jon White

Great bloke known him since I was a kid at St Nick’s. Oldest altar boy in Leeds.

Michael Cunningham

Remember going to the 50th with uncle Terry.

Cunjy Cunningham

This man is a legend, well done Uncle Terry, a true football hero.

Dave Smith

A legend and an absolute diamond of a man.

Seamus Mccreesh

A great man.

John Patterson

Well done Terry.

Ann Lees

Definitely an OBE. What an amazing kind man. I have some lovely lovely memories. Football outside the church. A true saint.

Eugene Lacy

Top bloke, works tirelessly for the club. Well done Terry. I enjoy our little pre-match chats when reffing them.

Wear poppy with pride

Alex Gillies, Leeds 14

I always regarded the wearing of a poppy as in gratitude for the brave servicemen / women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their King and country.

To think that some younger generation refuse to wear a poppy as they believe it’s a symbol of war. Do they think the symbol of peace is two German cars in the drive and every member of the family from four years up owning (leasing) tablets, iPads, smart phones, HD TVs, hifis and lots of so called white goods all made in China, Japan, Korea and other Asian countries?

If it’s true that the younger generation are prepared to put their trust in the pacifists of Westminster and scrap the UK’s nuclear defence systems and our Armed Forces then the British Empire will go the same way as the Romans.

City buses are getting worse

Jennifer Bookbinder, Leeds 11

Leeds buses are getting worse and worse.

A lot of time seems to be spend altering routes, times and prices but to no avail regarding improving services which continue to worsen.

On Wednesday, November 8 three of us waited from 21.05 to 22.10 on the Ring Road for the number 9 towards Seacroft. We rang the office and were told the bus would be there in two minutes, was running very late but it was not cancelled, when it clearly had been. This was repeated by three different members of staff. It’s a farce and a mess.

A break from gloom and misery

Edna Levi, Leeds

For two hours this week were able to forget the sickening matters relating to suspected harassing reports.

Instead we were able to smile and, perhaps, shed a tear viewing The Pride of Britain recipients.

Everyone knows the gratitude we owe to the police, firefighters and paramedics involved in various tragic events, but then we had wonderful children smiling away, teenagers and adults who, in different spheres, had overcome adversity.

The icing on the cake was the 85 years “young” lady doing one of her regular skydives.

All a wonderful break from gloom and misery dominating not only the UK but the world.

No respect for the fallen

M Cole, Leeds

I am appalled that Leeds Council has decided to switch on the Christmas lights in Leeds before Armistice Day.

They have no respect for the fallen heroes of the First and Second World Wars and other wars that have followed. These people gave their lives to make this a better country for us all to live in, but that is now a forgotten issue for the likes of Leeds Council. Obviously in the eyes of The council the switching on of Christmas lights is far more important. Not to mention the fact that it is almost two months to Christmas and the amount of excess electricity which will be used.

Just another extravagant way of spending money, but never mind, the ratepayers of Leeds will foot the bill as they always do.

It would be interesting to find out why we have to have them switched on so soon, surely the beginning of December is quite soon enough.