June 13: Supporting Tests at Headingley

Have your say

From: CP Dawson, West Ella Road, West Ella, Hull.

I AM afraid I cannot wholly agree with your correspondent, Howard Ray of Bramley (The Yorkshire Post, June 6) when he says there is a distinct lack of support by Yorkshire members at Test matches.

He must know a not insubstantial number of members reside all over the country and indeed throughout the world, in addition to those who are relatively local and attend on a fairly regular basis like myself from Hull.

Having attended the New Zealand Test, I thought the first two days were relative sell-outs and greatly entertaining, and had it not been for the morning rain on Sunday I dare say there would have been a like attendance. It was, however, good to see that the prices for the last two days were good value with tremendous cricket, and must have encouraged those who would not normally have gone.

The problem has, however, over the last few years been the bad weather, in addition, perhaps, to the “apparent” lack of appeal of the opposition – not that I subscribe to this in any way whatsoever. When, for instance ,might we expect to see the Australians or the South Africans at Headingley – if ever again?

Barbados trip so divisive

From: Barrie Craig, Cleckheaton.

I READ with interest your article on Horsforth School’s trip to Barbados (The Yorkshire Post, June 10). Surely £1,600 for a school trip is so socially divisive that it is obscene.

The next obvious step, for the management team, is to abolish school uniform because it makes the children too uniform.

Let the rich kids wear Gucci and the poor kids whatever they can afford. The sports department should form a Polo Club for all the children with ponies. As a member of staff was quoted as saying: “It is not compulsory, so it is all right.”

The destruction of the basic educational principle of ‘egalitarianism’ by this school is unbelievable.

The Russians and Ukraine

From: Raymond Shaw, Hullen Edge Road, Elland.

WHAT a true and sensible article regarding international affairs Gwynne Dyer (The Yorkshire Post, June 9).

As an individual who wrote to the Prime Minister against our interference in Iraq after which our country’s involvement in Afghanistan, Libya and then Syria has only exacerbated the situation, making them worse.

The Ukraine was for centuries part of Russia, predominantly lingually and religiously. Our interference even encouraging them to join Europe is equivalent to Russia interfering in our Northern Ireland situation.

Let us get our own house in order; we have sufficient of a problem keeping our eye on a spread of the ISIS movement here in the UK.

Water chief’s early bath

From: ME Wright, Harrogate.

YOUR reminder of the 1995 drought chaos (The Yorkshire Post, June 6) did not mention the Yorkshire Water top brass who appeared on TV, urging us to bathe in a basin of water.

He failed to mention that he was scuttling up the A59 to more fortunate Lancashire and bathing there.

He was rumbled and either fell, or was pushed, onto his sword.

I can’t even remember his name but wonder what he, Fred Goodwin and all those other over-adulated and overpaid non pareils are doing now.

Are they queuing at the Job Centre, existing on benefits, or perhaps on a zero hours contract?

I imagine not.

Right of way on Lock walk

From: David Tankard, Birkdale Avenue, Knaresborough.

WE recently undertook the walk from Nun Monkton towards Linton Lock which had featured in The Yorkshire Post.

The printed notes suggested that Defra had negotiated a permissive consent at the point at which the right of way ended – SE 5017 6016. That permission has apparently been withdrawn.

The path is therefore a cul-de-sac starting at SE 5098 5788. It is 3.4 km before reaching the end of the path necessitating a return to Nun Monkton.

I trust that the permission can be renegotiated, or failing that the path is clearly marked as a cul-de-sac.

I had been led to believe from discussions with the Harrogate Rights of Way Officer that cul-de-sac rights of way were to be avoided.

Lunch time peace of mind

From: Mrs M W Whitaker, Harswell, East Yorkshire.

MY son told me he had seen a notice on a shop door in Pocklington that read “Closed for 20 minutes”.

How pleasant it would be if every shop were to use their lunch break for a few of these stately measures.

After eating lunch it 
would be unwise to attempt 
the rough and tumble of the Lancers, or the hurly burly of a Quadrille. The gracious movements of a Pavane would also bring a feeling of peace to the most troubled mind, and soothe the muscles accustomed to the rush and anxiety of modern life.