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Praise for organiser of anniversary celebration

The Northern Echo:

9:44am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

IN Monday’s paper, there was an article about the celebration weekend for the 400th anniversary of Wolsingham School (Echo, July 21). The one person who should be mentioned above anyone else and has not been was Anita Atkinson.

Cost of dying

9:43am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I NOTE that the Central Durham Crematorium Joint Committee has increased the cremation charge for adults in 2014 by 15 per cent to £630, well above inflation, which is dropping. This follows an 11.63 per cent increase in the previous year.

Flight MH17

9:42am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE best we can hope for following the airline tragedy in Ukraine is an independent and thorough investigation to take place into what happened and exactly who was responsible.

Steven Gerrard

9:42am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I AM quite surprised that Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international football (Echo, July 22), especially as he only needed one more cap to equal David Beckham’s 115 appearances for his country.

We can all rest easy now Cilla is growing old

The Northern Echo:

11:04am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

I AM glad that Chris Foote-Wood is enjoying a healthy fulfilling retirement (HAS, July 15). Long may it continue.But the truth is that for many retirees growing old is a bitter sweet experience.

Football fervour

11:02am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

I AM not a football fanatic. My life has never revolved around the fortune of any team. I consider the enthusiasm for it as understandable because most people have soul-destroying jobs and the worries of all their responsibilities and finances.

SNP intimidation

11:02am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

BUSINESS leaders, economists and academics have spoken out about being lent on by the Scottish government to stay out of the independence debate.

Great jobs divide

10:52am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

IT WAS disappointing to see the latest unemployment figures showed a rise in the North East, and in particular the youth sector of the figures (Echo, July 17).

Expensive homes

10:52am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Dear ID Planning, In your Planning Support Statement which accompanies Hallam Land Management’s application to build 190 unneeded houses in Parkhill, Coxhoe, you say that 1,140 jobs will be created during the four years of construction, and that the local economy will benefit from a £51.3m injection as the houses will cost £90,000 to build and sell for £270,000 each.

Grave discovery

10:51am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

I NEVER met my paternal grandfather as he died after the First World War and, because my Dad was young when he died, I knew nothing about him except that he was buried in Redhills Cemetery in Durham which is now disused and overgrown. I was always told that he had no headstone – times were tight.

Nick Clegg’s promising career will cost the Lib Dems dear

The Northern Echo:

9:42am Monday 21st July 2014

NICK Clegg, wants people to judge him on his record.

Flight tragedy

9:39am Monday 21st July 2014

IN view of the recent sad event of the shooting down of flight Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 could the same thing have happened to Flight MH370 but over desolate country?

Moving around

9:39am Monday 21st July 2014

ON what basis does JE Bearby declare that migrants in this country “cost a great deal of revenue” (HAS, July 15)?

Gaza worries

9:38am Monday 21st July 2014

IN response to David Leonard’s accusation that I’m only looking at the current Middle East conflict from an Israeli perspective (HAS, July 18), my only defence of Israel is the right to protect its borders in agreement with international law.

Leading lady is still wowing the crowd nearly 40 years on

The Northern Echo:

9:48am Friday 18th July 2014

I HAVE heard Dolly Parton’s new single, Try, from her Blue Smoke album, twice on early morning BBC Radio 2 and I must say how impressed I was with the lyrics and, of course, her voice.

Unfair formula

9:46am Friday 18th July 2014

WE are all aware a major part of the problem with the economy in the North-East is due to the continuing use of the Barnett Formula in apportioning the national budget to the various regions of the country. Many years ago Lord Barnett himself was so disgusted at the formula’s continuing use and the resulting unfairness it caused he asked for his name to be removed from it.

Gove goes

9:46am Friday 18th July 2014

THE accepted rationale for the demotion of Michael Gove, the former Education Secretary, is No10 considered he’d become toxic to middleclass voters, especially teachers (Echo, July 17). I think there’s more to it; if toxicity were a reliable gauge then Iain Duncan Smith would have been fired from a cannon.

Bedroom tax

9:46am Friday 18th July 2014

HAVE we now got months of the Liberal Democrats attacking the policies they helped create and the poverty and misery they are responsible for?

Ban them all

9:45am Friday 18th July 2014

SO Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is considering giving drivers caught using a mobile phone at the wheel six penalty points instead of three, and raising the current fine from £100 to £150 (Echo, July 16).

Middle East

9:45am Friday 18th July 2014

IT would appear that Kev Mcstravick is willing to see the current conflict entirely from one perspective, that which excuses Israel’s disproportionate reaction to Hamas attacks (HAS, July 16). It would be reasonable to remember that Israel is the occupying force, has done everything to ensure it never returns these lands by building settlements and the obscene wall.

Final whistle

9:44am Friday 18th July 2014

THIS year’s World Cup was a joy to watch, at times. Some of us have already made our opinions known about our dear old England, but I was very impressed with the Germans and also Holland.

The best team won a good World Cup

The Northern Echo:

9:50am Thursday 17th July 2014

SO that’s it for another four years.

Budget choices

9:48am Thursday 17th July 2014

I READ with interest, Brian Thompson’s letter (HAS, July 16) about council spending.

Reshuffle woe

9:47am Thursday 17th July 2014

DESPERATE David Cameron has re-shuffled his cabinet in one final attempt to woo voters at next May’s general election (Echo, July 16).

Teachers’ gripes

9:47am Thursday 17th July 2014

I AGREE with John Cumberland’s recent comments about teachers and, like him, am baffled as to why teachers moan so much.

Zigzag problem

9:46am Thursday 17th July 2014

SCHOOLS in Darlington have yellow zigzag lines and No Stopping signs on the school side of the road.

Was Messi the best player at the World Cup?

The Northern Echo:

9:39am Wednesday 16th July 2014

I THINK that Lionel Messi must have a relative on the FIFA board to have been awarded with the golden ball for the best player at the 2014 World Cup.

Town centre

9:34am Wednesday 16th July 2014

FOR once, I agreed with a letter from Christopher Wardell (HAS, July 11).

Move to Weardale

9:33am Wednesday 16th July 2014

HERE in Weardale I am sure we are all delighted at the news that Durham County Council is considering spending £500,000 of taxpayers money and another Lumiere light show for Durham City (Echo, July 12).

Cabinet reshuffle

9:33am Wednesday 16th July 2014

WHAT difference will this Government reshuffle make?

Major issue

9:33am Wednesday 16th July 2014

THE tone of Peter Mullen’s column on assisted dying (Echo, July 15) was in tune with the way the Archbishop of Canterbury is encouraging the discussion inside the Church of England on contentious issues.

Absurd claim

9:32am Wednesday 16th July 2014

PETE WINSTANLEY claims that it is “highly unlikely” Hamas kidnapped and murdered three Israeli children and that their leadership have denied any involvement (Echo, July 9).

Generator issue

9:32am Wednesday 16th July 2014

THE Castle Players would like to thank their audience on Friday, July 11, for their understanding and co-operation during problems with the generator.

Housing idea

9:32am Wednesday 16th July 2014

IT IS about time planners gave landowners permission to build flamboyant houses, instead of row after row of poor quality homes which bring the area down.

Cilla should be rejoicing in getting old as I do

The Northern Echo:

9:41am Tuesday 15th July 2014

SO sad to read that Cilla Black thinks “it’s no fun getting older” (Echo, July 12). She couldn’t be more wrong.

Railway reports

9:38am Tuesday 15th July 2014

MY newspaper of choice for the last 30 years has always been The Northern Echo, and I’ve always found it a railway orientated paper, and rightly so, being right at the heart of the birthplace of the railway.

Race for life

9:38am Tuesday 15th July 2014

MY family and friends were doing the Race for Life at Seaton Carew on July 6.

Try, try again

9:37am Tuesday 15th July 2014

AT last David Cameron’s persistent perseverance has gained some ground with Brussels and they are considering an adjustment to the number of immigrants allowed to settle in our country. His persistence was amply fuelled by a large number of senior ministers and public demand.


9:37am Tuesday 15th July 2014

J CUMBERLAND’S letter ‘A class act’ (HAS, July 14) struck a very positive note on the question of teaching at our schools.

Strike action

9:37am Tuesday 15th July 2014

THE irony of the public services strikes is that in drawing attention to the dispute, it surely highlights the significance of the public services, of those who work in them and their economic value.

Double standards

9:36am Tuesday 15th July 2014

SINCE the public sector workers’ one day strike last week Tory ministers have been queueing up to condemn industrial action.

Is the pressure too much for Cook?

The Northern Echo:

9:46am Monday 14th July 2014

AS EVERYONE seems to be having a go at England’s cricket captain Alastair Cook, I thought I would add my views.

Great show

9:45am Monday 14th July 2014

I SPENT a wonderful Thursday at the Great Yorkshire Show with two of my grandchildren.

Brilliant brass

9:45am Monday 14th July 2014

THE Durham County Brass Band Association’s Picnic in the Park Brass Band Concert held on Sunday, July 6, was a brilliant event.

The ‘right’ stuff

9:44am Monday 14th July 2014

DESPITE the overwhelming evidence that his universal credit brainchild is rapidly becoming a financial and political disaster, Iain Duncan-Smith continues to insist that all is well with his pet project. The Work and Pensions Secretary recently insisted: “What I am doing is the right thing.”

A class act?

9:44am Monday 14th July 2014

TEACHERS should be paid on their ability and results.

Strike it out

9:44am Monday 14th July 2014

THE tirade by Bobby Meynell against the strike by public sector workers (HAS, July 11) requires a reply, though I am grateful it was given prominence.

Off deep end

9:43am Monday 14th July 2014

IN 1980 the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) defied Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and sent a team to the Moscow Olympics, despite her demand for a boycott of the Games.

Lasting images

9:43am Monday 14th July 2014

LAST Friday was the fifth anniversary of the death of North East photographer Jimmy Forsyth, who died aged 95.

Gaza doubts

9:43am Monday 14th July 2014

KEVIN MCSTRAVICK (HAS, July 10) claims that the three Jewish teenagers were kidnapped and murdered by “members of the terrorist organisation Hamas”, who “intended to provoke Israel into a response”.

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