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Robin Hood's east wind; Mailbag.

MY late father, Joe, who as a joiner spent much of his working life out of doors, was always very sensitive to east winds. Many times, up to his death in 1945, when an east wind blew he would say 'the east wind was the only wind Robin Hood couldn't stand'. I never heard anyone else use that expression, but nearly 40 years later when I was working in Cleckheaton, on my drive home via Hartshead, I would call at a smallholding to buy free range eggs.

One bitter winter's evening when I called I mentioned to the lady of the house my father's observation about east winds. 'Ay', she said promptly, 'a right Robin Hooder'.

Now Robin Hood is repeatedly buried within a few hundred yards of the spot where we were speaking.

Of the many tales about Robin is there, or was there, one which linked his name to our coldest weather? PHILIP CHARLESWORTH Huddersfield
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jan 5, 2012
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