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Don't let cemeteries become insult to past.

IT WAS nice to read of the memorial for William Connolly, the war hero who was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery.

William is buried in a pauper's grave in Kirkdale Cemetery.

I visit this cemetery and this itself is pauper-like, with headstones laid flat for being unsafe. I have watched children jumping from one to another - many broken.

There is a big, ugly skip for waste and now dog waste bins - giving permission, it seems, for dog walking.

There are many soldiers who were killed in action buried in Liverpool's cemeteries. They are an insult to these people and, of course, all the other deceased.

I was standing outside this cemetery at a bus stop when a lady said to me: "You were brave going in there alone. I was attacked seven years ago, visiting my husband's grave."

Why can't people on community service work in them - if only for security for visitors? Please fix these headstones.

M Dunford, Frodsham Not a pauper FURTHER to the unveiling of the plaque on the grave of William Connolly VC at Kirkdale Cemetery, I was surprised by the inaccurate information provided.

William Connolly, VC, did not die in poverty and he was not given a pauper's burial. Any decent researcher should have found out about William's true situation at the end of his life.

William Connolly, VC, left a will dated August 18, 1891, that was proved on May 26, 1892, at Liverpool. He left a personal estate of PS37 12s to his friend Thomas Hill, a local surgeon, who he also appointed the executor of his will. William had an Army pension and sold his VC at auction for PS10 in 1886, so he wasn't poor in later life.

The will includes the sentence, "After payment of my just debts and funeral expenses", so William paid for his own burial. He was not given a pauper's burial.

The Kirkdale Cemetery burial register says that William received a "public" burial. This is where one space in the grave or "single interment" is paid for.

The majority of burials in that register at that time were public, so there was no stigma attached to this type of burial.

Colin Holland, Liverpool 25 It's good to talk YOUR page on Britain's secretly stressed teenagers (ECHO, Sep 19) mentioned that Glasgow University's research had found their problems exacerbated by their need to be constantly available on social media.

This is one of the downsides of a hi-tech era; I see so many of the young constantly plugged in as they walk.

I do wish for more face-to-face conversation, which is a friendly exchange of news and ideas.

Oh, for the return of real conversation! Joyce Exley, Liverpool 17 Horn of plenty ON THE same day I learnt the Savoy Jazz Band was to cease its concerts at the Hilbre, in West Kirkby, on Monday nights, I heard the heartening news that Merseyside trumpeter Phil Lucas was to rejoin the Big Easy Jazz Band, playing on the third Sunday of the month at Melrose Hall, Hoylake.

Phil has been away for two years after taking up a teaching post in the West Midlands.

I arrived early to make sure of a seat and there was a real buzz around the hall when Phil entered the auditorium and the audience broke into spontaneous applause.

His performance during the concert was electrifying.

I can only hope he will be appearing for many more years to come.

Jonathan Morris, Hoylake Find cure for all ALZHEIMER'S - this affliction on humanity seems to have no solution in its march on the mind.

I feel the research is taking far too long - and corrective prescriptions are far too expensive to be afforded.

Don't you think that, with diseases like cancer, Alzheimer's, etc, we should have world institutes, whereby all nations work together for a cure for human reasons and not profit margins? Name and address supplied Mardi Gras roots I WOULD like to draw your attention to an item stating that the Mardi Gras club opened on September 28, 1957. This is incorrect. The date of the opening was October 30, 1958.

If you search the ECHO archives, you will see an advertisement announcing the opening night was Thursday, October 30, featuring the Johnny Dankworth Band.

The weekend programme included two nights with Kenny Ball's Jazzmen and on Sunday, November 2, Muddy Waters.

I was manager of the club from 1960 until 1969. I have carried out a lot of research about the club and have written 35,000 words of my memories and the history of the building, which was built as a Wesleyan Chapel in 1790.

Brian Linford, Mossley Hill Return your VW MUCH has been said about Volkswagen's emission-rigging scandal, even that drivers could be left out of pocket.

No-one, to my knowledge, has raised the possibility that car owners who bought a Volkswagen in the belief they were environmentally friendly has been fraudulently misled and would, therefore, be within their rights to simply return the car and ask for their money back or compensation.

If it was a financial product, they would be entitled to compensation, so why not a car? Some 11m drivers returning their cars could concentrate German minds.

John Bell, Wrexham Bombed out IN REPLY to BW Hale (ECHO Letters, September 21), my letter was highlighting how all governments, including David Cameron's and Tony Blair's, manipulate public opinion into supporting wars.

The British people genuinely care about Syrian refugees. That's why hundreds of people up and down the country have offered a Syrian family a spare room.

But such feelings can be manipulated into ... we must do something, we must bomb. And the people behind the wars often have other agendas.

The last thing Syria needs is more bombs and if Assad is overthrown there will be a Libyan-style vacuum that Isis will surely exploit. This will only exacerbate the refugee crisis.

Even the Liberal Democrats are accusing Cameron of trying to manage the news story about the tragedy of the dead Syrian toddler and benefit politically from the public outcry without actually helping refugees. Mark Holt, Liverpool 22 Early worship FOR the past week, there has been a group holding open-air worship in Newsham Park. Unfortunately, this has caused disturbance and concern to many residents as early as 4am.

Can we invite the group to contact us, or at the very least have better options for worship which will not disturb the neighbourhood. Cllrs Steve Radford and Kevin Morrison, Liberal Party councillors for Tuebrook and Newsham Park
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Date:Sep 26, 2015
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