Shopping in York far more exciting than buying online – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Diana English, Bolton, near Pocklington.

York remains one of the region's premier shopping destinations.

ALL YOUR articles on the retail crisis were excellently written, giving readers serious ‘food for thought’ and will make them sit up and think (The Yorkshire Post, December 5).

There is nothing exciting about shopping online. I remember as a child the excitement of ‘going shopping’. We lived at Bolton, outside Pocklington, and every few weeks we would drive into
York, look at the shops with 
their colourful displays, have lunch at Bettys, then continue shopping until we were almost exhausted.

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On returning home the excitement continued as we showed our purchases to other family members.

What is the future of the region's high streets?

I am now elderly but can still clearly remember the excitement of going to Marshall & Snellgrove, in Coney Street, for new dresses, visiting ‘Mummy’s’ dressmaker, in Stonegate, along with visits to Inglis & Barbara Cattle jewellers, followed by a hair trim at Swallow & Barry.

These memories are now 70 years old, but are still clear in my mind and make me realise the importance of including the needs of children in shopping experiences as they are the shoppers of the future.

A ‘convenience levy’ (not tax) on all online shopping is a brilliant idea.

Please keep this subject matter going, and encourage Richard Smith, of The Shoe Room, in Doncaster, to continue lobbying the Government for this convenience levy to be seriously considered and become a reality.

From: Lester May, Reachview Close, Camden Town, London.

ENJOYMENT of the Autumn Nations Cup rugby on the box was ruined as it required having an Amazon Prime subscription to watch some matches.

Amazon despatches millions of parcels daily, many with too much air in the box, now it contrives to deprive us of free-to-air sport on the box. Amazon is flowing through too much of our lives.

The only place that doesn’t get too much Amazon is the Exchequer, the company is rather coy about paying taxes. It’s time to stop Amazon killing our high street, killing sport on the telly and making a killing at the Chancellor’s expense.

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