My August baby is a blessing

From: Joyce Gudgeon, Little Ouseburn, York.

WHAT a lot of rubbish about August babies (Jayne Dowle, Yorkshire Post, November 3). My wonderful daughter was born on August 20 and is now 41.

She has been a joy since the day she was born. She has had a job since having a paper round at 13-years-old and is still working. She is so caring and hardly ever thinks of herself, and now at this late stage she has produced a son with her husband. We are blessed to have her.

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The last laugh

From: Bob Heys, Bar Lane, Ripponden, Sowerby Bridge.

HOW we all laughed back in the days of the first screening of the great TV comedy classic Dad’s Army, when that bombastic buffoon Captain Mainwaring forecast that after the war bank managers like himself would be “running the country”. Somehow, in the light of current events, the laugh seemed to be on us when the relevant episode was repeated recently (BBC2, October 29).

MPs’ pensions

From: Richard Wood, Farnley Tyas.

I HAVE recently been advised that my private self-funding pension will be reduced next year by 20 per cent as this Government wants to make sure it is properly funded, as I am likely to live longer than previous generations.

Conversely the Government is now negotiating with the public sector over pensions and they are considering striking in protest.

During this period, the MPs have voted not to change their over-generous pensions. Vote at the next election? What for?

Notable career

From: A Bramald, Carr Gate Care Home, Lawns Lane, Carr Gate, Wakefield.

I AM hoping to trace the professional soprano career of my late father’s cousin, Mabel Sadler, born at Wakefield. Mabel performed as a soloist from the 1930s in Wakefield, with Huddersfield Choral Society at Huddersfield and later in London and California.