YEP Letters: October 14

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City museum’s tailor display is ‘disappointing’

Jimmy Pitts, Killingbeck

As a retired tailor, after working in the trade for 50 years, I looked forward to seeing the history of Leeds tailoring at the City Museum. What a disappointment.

I could not find aything about when the tailoring was its peak, from the 1920s to the 1970s - when at one time, there were over 40,000 people in Leeds working in tailoring, and it was said the finest suits in the world were made here.

Also, I didn’t see anything about the war effort, when most of the uniforms both for the Armed Forces and the civilian services were made here.

Then at the end of the war, every returning serviceman was given a demob suit, most of them made in Leeds.

I tried to find anything about the sweat shops of Leeds - when workers were packed into attics, bedrooms and corner shops, working long hours for a pittance of a wage. That was around the 20s, 30s and early 40s.

I then went to look for a photo section. I felt surely there must be photos of some of the vast machine rooms and cutting rooms in one of the big firms. I could not find any.

On a final note, the lighting was so dim that it was hard to see some items.


We don’t need this rail link

Peter Mosby, by email

Stuart Andrews, the MP for the area, states that Leeds and Bradford Airport should have a rail link to the city centre to help alleviate the traffic congestion and assist with economic growth.

I have long queried both the reasons Mr Andrew states and have yet to receive an adequate answer from him. I would love to know his reasons with any proof for them. I asked him over a year ago to tell me where any congestion was, caused by the airport. His reply stated ‘there is congestion’.

Not long ago I travelled the road past the airport between twice and four times a day. I have never ever seen congestion on Whitehouse Lane yet, save for one day when a lorry broke down and one occasion when a member of the royal family used the airport.

Perhaps Mr Andrew mistakes the congestion on New Road Side and the main road through Guiseley to Otley as being caused by the airport? I can assure him it is not. The road traffic to the airport is minimal and much of it uses the Scotland Lane back road.

Mr Andrews states that a rail link would save erosion of the green belt. How can this be if a rail line is put through the local fields and woods? Where would it run from and how much land would have to be used for even a small station? Certainly more than just widening an existing road.

I also cannot see how it would assist the economy. It may cut travelling time to the airport slightly but not enough to make any difference. It may also need more car parking space in the centre of Leeds.

The local airport may have ambitious plans for growth but what are they? The only recent growth is the cost of parking for 10 minutes to drop passengers off which increased by 50 per cent. Perhaps increasing prices for locals to drop people off is the airport’s idea of showing how we need a rail link!

No Mr Andrews. We do not need a rail link to a small regional airport. There is NO congestion associated with the airport. Of course if it became a large airport with flights worldwide like Manchester then we would not have to travel to the ‘other side’ and then a link may be a good idea.

Is it any wonder NHS is strained

Ernest Lundy, via email

We are told there’s a big black hole (or should it be red) created by a £930 million deficit in NHS spending over the first three months of this year.

This is followed by a report that since the election of Mr Cameron in 2010, NHS costs have been £43 Billion. 
Chancellor Osbourne is being asked to urgently make provision for the overburdened Health service.

As cash shortages are beginning to affect patient care, the demands for up-dated equipment, drugs and other forms of medication; to say nothing of waiting times for appointments, beds and operations.

Considering past reports of high ranking NHS managers, etc, taking redundancy payments and then being employed elsewhere in the service, at the same rates of pay, and the employment of contract and agency staff on grossly inflated rates of pay, is it any wonder the once pride and joy of the UK is groaning under the strain?

Even if unavoidable at times, such absurd extravagancies should be avoided, without the need of middle men taking their cut!

Some of whom, having once been under contract to the NHS, have sold on their businesses for millions. Enough said!

Thanks Mr Gove for compassion

Phil Roche, Garforth

Well done Michael Gove! Something I thought I would never say in a month of Sundays...this is with reference to his objections to this Conservative government’s backtrack on their £5.9 million impending deal with Saudi Arabia.

About time money stopped dictating the outcomes and people took preference; even Jeremy Corbyn spoke some sense in following a sensible path and speaking out. Is money that important that the Conservative Government and many more condone such a corrupt Saudi regime that continues with beheadings, stoning, crucifixions and lashings under the supposed interpretation of Islamic 

I thank you Mr Gove for showing some compassion and ultimate sense; as for the foreign secretary Philip Hammond and his pathetic “this will have far bigger ramifications, that just doesn`t wash!

When will the ‘I’m alright Jack’ approach extend to fellow neighbours and fellow human beings?

Thank God for a modicum of sense

Letters aren’t always a waste

Jennifer Bookbinder, Cottingley

Re Edna Levi’s letter (YEP Letters, October 8) about charity letters and their contents.

I find the printed sheets with name and address on extremely useful. They can be used for sticking on things that may get lost, or on the back of parcels you post.

I don’t waste them, although I agree with her about sending pens.