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LETTERS: your views.

Pic of the Past

TOMORROW brings May Day, and the celebrations associated with it date back centuries into the folklore which would welcome spring each year.

There are many photographs of celebrations from years gone by, and while today's Pic of the Past from Stretton-on-Dunsmore dates to about 1910, it may well evoke memories among readers of similar celebrations in later decades.

In Time Tunel in the Evening Telegraph tomorrow, historian David McGrory explores our May Day celebrations and reveals entertaining anecdotes of how the event was marked through the ages in Coventry and Warwickshire.

If you have any memories which you would like to share, write to Letters Editor, Coventry Evening Telegraph, Corporation Street, Coventry CV1 1FP.

Vibrant city has perfect ambassador with Pru

THE spirit of Godiva still lives on in her proud city.

I write on behalf of the Friends of St Mary's Parish Church, Swansea, to put on record our sincere appreciation of Lady Godiva (alias Pru Porretta) for an excellent guided tour of central Coventry and its Cathedral.

It was not just a tour but an intriguing, stimulating insight, not only into its past and traditions but also the present - its aspirations and hopes for the future.

Back in the 11th century Lady Godiva demonstrated her concerns for the poor, the oppressed and her generosity to the citizens of the locality.

The attributes and the spirit of the historic Lady Godiva are still very much evident in your living Lady Godiva Pru.

How very fortunate Coventry is in having such an ambassador championing your excellent city - a city of change and movement with so many exciting developments taking place.

Memories of our visit are so imprinted that "the word" will be passed on and many will revisit and bring friends with them.

Lyndon Morris, on behalf of the Friends of St Mary's Parish Church, Linkside Drive, Swansea.

Misuse of power

CANDIDATES of various political parties come round petitioning for our votes. But once elected, they become part of the political machine under whose banner they ran. They can then ignore the views of the people who elected them.

Of course the government has knowledge (paid for by taxpayers) on which to make decisions, so why isn't this shared with the population so they know it's for their benefit?

Secrecy is not the sole province of dictatorships - it is regularly used with spin and misinformation, by elected governments under the guise of national security.

A decision was made to invade Iraq by the government against the known wishes of the population. Why vote if the power given is misused or abused?

It appears opposition leaders have rightly won the argument for a referendum on the proposed European constitution.

Will opposition leaders now promise, if elected, to hold referenda on church and the state, the monarchy, Northern Ireland, capital punishment, freedom of information, the House of Lords, Gibraltar, immigration - or will they, like all previous governments, ignore the people as they did on Iraq?

W S Baker, Moorhill Road, Whitnash, Leamington.

Failed promises

IN reply to Bob Ainsworth (Your Views, March 31).

The winter fuel allowance was introduced to help meet the cost of winter heating bills, because of the uproar against the number of older people dying every year from hypothermia.

Yet each year since its introduction older people have continued to die from hypothermia, because while the allowance has never been increased fuel bills have continued to rise.

State pension increased by 2.8 per cent this month and the under 70s are to get no help to pay council tax rises, yet most of these are above 2.8 per cent.

Mr Ainsworth asks me what services I would cut? My answer would be to cut the services of politicians who promise one thing before election and do something different afterwards.

New Labour promised to restore the link between pensions and earnings - if they had done this a single pensioner would be around pounds 35 per week better off.

Alan Wilkins, secretary Coventry and Warwickshire, British Pensioners and Trade Union Action Association, The Hiron, Cheylesmore.

A little piece of Concorde history that mum would have loved

MY mother was fascinated by Concorde. But at the time about pounds 1,800 was a lot for a short flight and she thought she would never travel on it.

So me and my three sisters, for her 25th wedding anniversary, set up a kitty and saved enough for mum and dad to go on Concorde.

I was so pleased for them, fulfilling my mum's lifetime ambition - my mum wouldn't shut up about it for months.

I went to the auction at Stoneleigh (Evening Telegraph, April 15), sussed the bidding out and realised I was up against the world. People from as far as Japan, Australia, San Francisco and Italy.

When the nose cone was sold I thought 'I am a builder, I could build something from the Concorde into the extension on the house'. It was sold for pounds 85,000 plus 10 per cent commission plus vat, so I backed out of that!

It was one chance only to buy a piece of history, so I actually spent just under pounds 1,000. I paid pounds 91 for a pen, my wife wasn't too pleased. My prize possession is the navigational winglight I purchased.

Unfortunately my mother isn't with us today, she died. If she was here I would put it in a presentation box with the certificate of authenticity and say "for you mum".

I am so pleased I went and it was a sad day for Concorde.

Danny Fordham, Coventry Street, Stoke.

to the point

IN response to William G Haymes (Your Views, April 26) where he states politics is one area of life where the word ambition takes on an unpleasant odour, he then goes on to expound a pretty negative case, that, in my opinion, has no merit.

He does not consider that people may take up politics because they believe they have something to offer the community, and may then be able to have some input into the sort of community they and the people who voted for them would like to come about.

The only thing that William G Haymes contributes to the debate is apathy, and we all know where that leads don't we? Apathetic government.

Cllr Mrs Joan Griffin (Con, Whoberley), Birmingham Road, Allesley.

REGARDING Lydia Cross, the little girl who lost her legs through a severe illness (Evening Telegraph, April 9 and 14).

I am her great aunt, and I would like to say that this was due to a severe bacterial infection which was eventually diagnosed as homophilus influenza type B (Hib), a rare form of meningitis which has not been around for a number of years.

The infection entered her blood stream and poisoned Lydia's blood and her legs had to be amputated.

Lydia is a beautiful child and is now severely handicapped. She will need all the help she can get during her lifetime.

The thanks of all the family go to the people who put on the charity rugger match at Coundon Road which proved a great success.

Mrs J Illsley, Evenlode Crescent, Coundon.

YOUR correspondent expounding the use of locks (Your Views, April 16) clearly does not understand where the water for such a facility would come from.

The previous correspondent is correct in stating that the water would have to be either recycled using pumps or new reservoirs built to maintain the canal levels.

However, there are more important questions that need to be answered.

Who are the people that were consulted to dream up these grandiose schemes and how much European money has been wasted on such a frivolous exercise?

K J Davis, Max Road, Coundon.

SO A W Lea thinks it would be a good idea when roadworks are carried out on a busy traffic route, for contractors to install floodlights so the work can continue over 24 hours (Your Views, April 15).

I can only assume Mr Lea lives nowhere near such a route.

Recently such an operation was carried out at the A45 Broad Lane junction.

I live about 120 yards from this junction, and could hear work being carried out, but thankfully not enough to keep me awake.

However, it must be horrendous for residents living near to it.

Mr Lea's attitude is typical of a fair number of people in this city, which is "as long as it's not on my doorstep".

Malcolm J Kerr, Broad Lane, Coventry.

I WOULD like to convey our thanks to the person or persons who are unknown to us who alerted the police at 5am on Saturday morning (April 24) to the theft of our son's scooter from our back garden.

My son uses the moped for work and this caused difficulties for him to get to work.

There are are still some decent law abiding people after all.

Name and address supplied.
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