YP Letters: Fast food firms show tasteless lack of respect on Somme landmark

From: Dave Patrick, Leeds.

Illuminated war graves during a military-led vigil to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme at the Thiepval memorial to the Missing, as part of the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Thiepval Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated.

HOW poignant that on Friday, July 1, at 7.28am the national two minute silence to commemorate the huge loss of life at the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago was recognised at Leeds train station.

Network Rail should be praised for asking passengers to take time to pay their respects. How disgusting – and somewhat typical – to see the corporate giants such as Starbucks and McDonalds continue with their trade.

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From: Andrew Mercer, Guiseley.

I DO hope Britain’s exit from the EU will not detract from school trips to Europe to see, for example, the memorial at Thiepval to those who lost their lives on the Somme. A haunting sight, such educational visits can only foster more goodwill between nations.

From: Ernest Lundy, Leeds.

IF the young genuinely believe the older generation have compromised their lives for voting to exit the EU, they 
ought to be ashamed of themselves.

On the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the Battle of the Somme, where the cream of our youth were slaughtered, the suggestion is even more reprehensible.