LINDA Kelly (Examiner, Monday, April 9) gives an impassioned view on the ‘no’ to Tesco question on the old Midlothian garage site in New Mill Road.
I cannot say ye or nay to the debate regarding Tesco, but I can say my wife knows only too well my dislike of supermarkets.
However, if I am sent shopping by my wife I, like the good old soldier that I am, do as I am told.
Holmfirth, in my view, has sold its birthright, name and proud history when it jumped on the Summer Wine bandwagon for the BBC.
It thought, or some people thought, that it would be famous for its links with a comedy show which, I admit, was watched by millions.
Bill Owen and co and the BBC were made famous by Holmfirth and also made a lot of money.
The question is where are they now? Answer. Long gone, having taken the very heart out of a wonderful town seeped in character and history.
What does the BBC do when it has had what it wants?
It goes away. Holmfirth never needed the BBC nor any other media to be famous.
It was already well on the map long before all that lot were even thought of.
Holmfirth designed and produced some of the finest cloth in the world, it had the famous Bamforth cards and were forerunners to the film industry in the days of Chaplin and the silent era. Holmfirth rivalled Hollywood.
It had a foundry that produced grates for the sewers all over Britain and even in old age I still look for the name of Milner and my memories as a boy standing just outside the workplace where the post office now stands watching the men at work.
Then, of course, there were the characters – Wright Shink, rag and bone man, Joe Collins daddy biker, Mr Kaye fire engine driver – his ironmongers shop sold almost any thing. There was the unforgettable Wylbert Kemp and his stories when he cut your hair.
Gilbert Campbell who would clear the Drill Hall at Thongsbridge in seconds and people walked home through Hagg Wood without any thought of being mugged or beaten up. I’ve walked home myself.
There was the flood, the bus crash that killed members of Bolsterstone Male voice choir.
The musical history of the town, brass bands, Holmfirth music festival, Holmfirth sing in Victoria park where it was wonderful to go and join in the singing, listen to the band and be a part of this wonderful place of yesteryear.
Yes, Holmfirth, you gave it all away to a man wearing wellington boots who was just doing a job he was well paid for.
I was heartbroken when I saw that Lower Mills and been pulled down and those horrible flats built there and now we hear that Prickleden mill – one of the remaining mills in the valley and a real beauty spot – is to be pulled down.
What is the council or the civic society doing to allow this desecration of the town?
With all the stupid building that is going on I just hope that Digley reservoir never bursts its banks or it will be bye bye Summer Wine town.
Billy Richardson, born Kent 1936, heart and mind in Yorkshire.
My family has been told to take my ashes to my beloved Scarborough or Spring Wood, Honley, when my day comes.
There shall I share the memories of yesteryear with real people who lived breathed and worked in and around Holmfirth.
Tesco will help roads
I CERTAINLY don’t agree with Linda Kelly that a Tesco store in Holmfirth will cause danger on local roads.
I suggest that New Mill Road will be a safer place for pedestrians and motorists as the extra traffic, complained about by Linda, will actually slow down the hooligans who use this relatively quiet ‘A’ road at the moment as a race track.
Furthermore, the proposed traffic lights should slow down and help to control the speed limit of the vehicles she complains about.
The letter from Linda mentions Holmfirth as a village on at least seven occasions. Holmfirth is certainly not a village.
Holmfirth is probably the only post town in the country without a decent sized supermarket.
There has never been a site suitable for a large supermarket until the land at Midlothian Garage became available which is probably why we are so far behind the rest of the country with such a facility.
Holmfirth and district (the villages) deserves and needs a decent supermarket as soon as possible, including a petrol station.
FOR History Today, supported by the BBC, to release an ill informed and badly argued attack on the Luddites, masquerading as ‘new research’ is bad enough. (Examiner, April 12).
To do this on the occasion of the bicentenary commemoration of the fight at Rawfold’s Mill in which two, possibly four, men were killed and a further five hung as a consequence is totally insensitive.
Those of us to whom the Luddites are a treasured part of our heritage and who have continued their struggle do so not on the basis not of mythologising, but as a result of a reasoned and detailed understanding of the Luddites and the time in which they lived.
The arguments put forward by Richard Jones are not new but are part of a long tradition of denigrating working class struggle, particularly when it has involved direct action against the state.
Anyone hearing his BBC interview would realise how tenuous and contradictory his arguments are.
For him to jump on the Luddite Bicentenary bandwagon to promote his career, by putting the academic boot into the Luddites cannot be justified as an expression of academic freedom.
It is clearly a politically motivated attack against working class and radical history.
Those of us who belong to this school of history are open about our sympathies and political beliefs.
We are trying to give the poor and oppressed a voice they were denied at the time.
What is Richard Jones trying to do and who his he speaking for ?
Attack on teachers
I AM disgusted at the letter by Richard Bulloch with his comments attacking the teaching profession.
His comments echo the never-ending vitriol that comes from the teacher bashing Tory media.
If Mr Bulloch had his way, teachers would be slaves with no rights whatsoever.
The right to withdraw one’s labour – the right to strike – is a fundamental human right which ordinary people have fought for over the centuries.
It is enshrined in the European Convention of Human Rights.
Mr Bulloch should direct his anger at this government that is forcing teachers to take industrial action.
This government has imposed a four year pay freeze upon teachers along with a 50% increase in their pensions contributions, forcing teachers to work eight years longer for their pension which will be worth substantially less.
On top of this is the ever increasing workload, increasing class sizes and enormous stress that comes from the never-ending initiatives from meddling politicians.
Even the government acknowledges that teaching is one of the most stressful jobs in Britain.
To cap it all, we have a government that is intent on destroying comprehensive education which has raised educational attainment for large numbers of working class children through its academies programme that will enable big business to run schools for a profit.
Mr Bulloch’s comments are an insult to the hardworking teachers of this country who strive everyday to make a difference in improving the lives of children.
Maybe Mr Bulloch would be happier if the government copied the example of Iran, Saudia Arabia, Bahrain and other countries which ban teachers from striking, depriving them of democratic rights?
IT has been an education reading the letters pages of the Examiner over the last month with Labour, the Conservative and, to a lesser extent, Lib Dem correspondents all attempting to use national issues to garner votes for their candidates.
I thought we were voting for local councillors to deal with local issues regardless of which party is in government at Westminster?
We will have the chance to make our views known on the government in 2015 (or before if the Coalition implodes).
In the meantime, we should be deciding which candidate will best serve the interests of our ward and Kirklees more generally, regardless of their party affiliation.
Teens and cancer
I AM writing to your readers to tell them about a nationwide fundraising initiative taking place across all Superdrug stores on April 21 and 22 which will help fund Teenage Cancer Trust’s work in schools, colleges and universities across the UK, educating young people about the signs and symptoms of cancer and the importance of healthy living.
During the fundraising weekend Superdrug staff will be going back in time to when they were a teenager and digging out their old school ties and teenage hair styles.
Some shoppers may also recognise Superdrug staff dressed as the music star they idolised as a teenager!
Stores will also be creating the legendary school tuck shop with sweets and cakes on sale. Every store will also be encouraging customers to purchase Teenage Cancer Trust pin badges.
Proceeds from the charity partnership will help Teenage Cancer Trust deliver vital cancer awareness presentations to 90,000 students across the UK.
Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust