YP Letters: So lucky to live in Yorkshire Dales

Is the Yorkshire Dales a nice place to live? The views of columnist Liz Jones continue to polarise opinion.
Is the Yorkshire Dales a nice place to live? The views of columnist Liz Jones continue to polarise opinion.
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From: Christine McDade, Morton on Swale.

I AGREE with every word 
written by Jayne Dowle (The Yorkshire Post, September 22) regarding Liz Jones and her article complaining about 
living in the country, near Richmond.

How fortunate she is to live close to the beautiful town of Richmond in the house which has featured in many of her articles for a national newspaper.

Over the years, she has made a living by moaning and complaining about her then husband, her move to Exmoor where the locals were so unfriendly to her after she re-located from London and then re-locating to Swaledale, where it appears the locals are of the same ilk.

What a sorry person she is and I am sure that she will not be missed when she relocates to the South.

I relocated to North Yorkshire from Berkshire many years ago and it took a long time to adjust to the different way of life. Would I move back? An emphatic no.

Crumbs from capital’s table

From: David Jones, The Croft, Sheriff Hutton.

NOTHING highlights the financial difference between London and the North than your piece (The Yorkshire Post, September 22) regarding the controversial Garden Bridge project in London.

Your article states that they hope to build a 366 metre-long footbridge containing a garden across the Thames at a cost of £185m, yet there isn’t any 
money to expand the York
outer ring road to dual-carriageway.

This would reduce traffic congestion and pollution in the city and, at the same time, drastically improve traffic flow around York.

The stated £185m would go along way towards the cost of upgrading the ring road, which would be of major benefit to businesses and general public in the area. Billions are being spent on projects in London, but all we can expect from Westminster are a few crumbs from the table.

Rugby league’s debt to ‘Stevo’

From: Neil Fahey, Mirfield.

IT’S great news for all rugby league supporters that a museum for the sport is to open in Bradford, one of many deserving heartlands of the great game.

There has been until three years ago a rugby league heritage museum at the former George Hotel, Huddersfield. This venue was excellently curated by Sam Morton, a legend and character of local amateur rugby league.

The founder of the museum was Mike Stephenson, former captain of Dewsbury RLFC, championship winner in 1973, and Great Britain World Cup winner in 1972.

Now a Sky Sports TV pundit, ‘Stevo’ had the vision 12 years ago to exhibit his vast collection of rugby memorabilia, alongside donated and loaned items of interest at this outstanding heritage centre.

In two weeks time, ‘Stevo’ retires from his work, but assures me he will be attending as many games as possible and looks forward to the continuing banter unique to rugby league supporters.

Hold Cameron to account

From: John Appleyard, Firthcliffe Parade, Liversedge.

IT has now been acknowledged that a British drone was involved in the ‘accidental killing’ of 62 Syrian soldiers, and accusations are being made that once again Britain is at risk of fighting an illegal war in the Middle East.

At the same time, former prime minster David Cameron has been heavily criticised by the Foreign Affairs Select Committee for carrying out ‘an opportunistic policy of regime change in Libya’ which has made matters worse, not better.

Mr Cameron should be held to account.

The likes of former Labour MPs David Miliband and Neil Kinnock, who have made such a good standard of living out of being members of the Labour Party, should also be speaking out instead of perpetually making criticism of Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters.

Enriching our language

From: Brian Sheridan, Redmires Road, Sheffield.

EVEN as a self-confessed pedant, I can’t get too bothered about the infiltration of Americanisms such as “guys” and “train stations” into the English language (The Yorkshire Post, September 22).

My father was an engine driver who chided me for calling Flying Scotsman a train and he was right when he explained that a train was an engine plus wagons or coaches. However, I can’t see what’s wrong with “train stations” as an unnecessary but harmless variation of “railway stations”.

Our language would be impoverished by the absence of French words such as restaurant, café, cul-de-sac, rendezvous, entrepreneur, penchant, malaise, fiancé and many, many others, not to mention imports from other languages and cultures, including American, which have enriched modern English.

Bake Off that leaves me cold

From: Paul Morley, Ribblesdale Estate, Long Preston, Skipton.

PAUL Hollywood to follow Bake Off and the money to Channel 4, Mary Berry to stay with the BBC and a couple of female presenters I’ve never heard of standing down from the show.

Am I the only person in 
this country to have never watched the programme, 
and not to care if it is ever screened again on whatever channel and whether the ‘stars’ who work on it end up signing on the dole?