YEP Letters: September 30

Have your say

Nick Keer’s comments (YEP, September 20) regarding M Tebb and the issue of people failing to stand up on buses, really do demonstrate what is seriously wrong in this country today.

Giving up one’s seat has nothing to do with money, it is to do with manners and respect of which you certainly have neither.

When I was younger, if adults were having to stand, children respectfully gave their seats to them.

Gentlemen ( I use that term loosely today ) would give up their seats to any females of any age out of good manners.

I don’t doubt that sadly there are others out there who think as you do.

M Tebb has more than likely worked all her life, and may never have claimed any benefits, as I myself never have, yet you so vehemently begrudge her a bus pass.

I may be mad, but I feel sorry for you.

S Wright, Bramley

Grumpy young man, Nick Keer, is either the rudest, most selfish and aggressive person or is so full of his own importance that he’ll write any nonsense to see his name in print.

Does he not have any older relatives? Would he stay seated if his grandmother was on the same bus?

It’s not about whether a ticket has been purchased or not, but about respect, kindness and consideration for others.

If he is a father I hope he’s not bringing his child up to be so inconsiderate and rude, because one day his example will rebound on him and he may find that he no longer has the respect of his own offspring.

You’ve had your 15 minutes of fame, Nick, so instead of aiming to be the youngest grumpy old man, be thankful for your health and youth and learn to care for your fellow human beings.

Anne Ward, Oakwood

WHO DOES Nick Keer think he is?

I have paid for everything I get. Do you work or are you one of those that do not like work?

What will you say when you get old?

N Dobson, Rothwell

Poignant trip to Nellie’s grave

Further to Jonathan Brown’s excellent article about Nurse Nellie Spindler (YEP, September 26), my husband and I went on a Battlefields Tour in June this year.

We stayed at Ypres and had an excellent guide who was a retired Major in the British Army. He was a highly qualified guide who had done much research into all the battlefields in France and Belgium and had produced his own booklet.

One morning, we were taken to the Lijssenthoek Cemetry where Nellie is buried. As with all the graves, her grave had flowers placed on it and the inscription was clear to read.

Nellie’s was one of the first graves we stopped at and as there was some information about her, our guide gave us a short talk.

When he said that Nellie was a nurse and had come from Wakefield, I decided to put a cross in front of her grave.

As my husband took photographs of this act, I am certain that one of the crosses shown in your photograph is one placed there by us.

It was a moving experience. This started us doing research about the nurse from various websites and we hope to do a presentation for our historical society next year.

In a few days’ time, Barwick in Elmet Historical Society is having a talk about the nurses in the First World War.

Margaret Thornton, Barwick in Elmet

Duchess was a wonderful lady

It goes very much against the grain with me to pass any sort of positive comment in respect of our landed gentry. By and large they are a drain upon the rest of us mere mortals.

But regarding the death of the Duchess of Devonshire, I must confess that I shed a tear.

We first visited Chatsworth House prior to our marriage 43 years ago and took our young sons to visit this wonderful edifice on many occasions.

The efforts of this wonderful lady in saving Chatsworth for the nation should not be overlooked.

She was a rarity, a lady who deserved the title of ‘Lady’.

Jack Banner, Meanwood

Is waterless a green wash?

I was fascinated to read of the waterless washing machine (YEP, September 23).

Being one of many people trying in my own small way to help the planet, some years ago when I needed a new washing machine, I bought one that uses less water.

But waterless?

Intrigued, I read on to discover that it uses polymer beads to attract the dirt.

It sounds brilliant, but I have one question – are the beads re-usable, or are they discarded at the end of the washing cycle – and will they end up as landfill?

In which case I have another question. Not being of a scientific mind, I am assuming that polymer means some sort of plastic, and I am curious – are they produced from oil?

And how long would they take to biodegrade?

At least water is recycled – via rivers, seas, evaporation – and back again as rain.

Denise Marsden, Cookridge

Ordeal of tower block repairs

My sympathies to Derek Barker (YEP, September 26) over his crumbling tower block, but sorry to say it won’t get any better.

We in Meynell Heights are going through this so-called ‘refurbishment’ and have been to hell and back to end up with damp (sorted apparently, but worse than ever), fire risks we never had and, to add insult to injury, our belongings being damaged.

And no come back, because we are ‘only’ council tenants!

Liz Goodwill, Holbeck

Labour blamed for everything

When sat reading the letters in the YEP, there are two people who need not print their names –DS Boyes and Malcolm Nicholson.

You only need to read two or three lines and you know who it is from. It’s the same old, same old.

Everything that goes wrong in this country or in the world it seems they blame it on the Labour party or Labour councils.

Not one word of well done over the Grand Depart from one of them yet the rest of Yorkshire seems to think it was a job well done – even the shower we have running country now. So if Dave ‘We are all in it together’ Cameron gets in for another term in No 10 they will still put the blame at the door of Labour.

It seems that if we had Dave and Nick in charge of the world everything would be the bee’s knees, I don’t think!

Barry Leonard, Leeds

Plea for details about cousin

I have been spending a lot of time looking through many websites to see if I can find any details that relate to my cousin Angela Margaret Thirkill, possibly known as Angela Margaret Thirkill Robinson, who was born in Chapel Allerton on June 16, 1948.

Her late father and my dad were brothers and are now no longer living. I did see a message that she put on the Ancestry website but she has left no details of how to contact her.

My father moved to New Zealand after the Second World War and never returned and only had limited contact soon after that. If anyone has any information that may be able to help me or ideas as to where to look I would really appreciate it. I can be contacted at

Pearl Thirkill, New Zealand

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