MAY I say through your letters page a massive thank you to everyone who has shown such compassion and respect for us as a family and also my beloved son, Anton, who was tragically killed in Afghanistan on March 6.

I would like to thank the public for their turn-out on the day of Anton’s funeral, the hundreds of letters and cards received on our sad loss and many of them from complete strangers who just wanted to express their sorrow.

Thanks to the army for all their support given to us, especially Chris Blakeway our visiting officer who has helped and guided us all along this difficult path.

To my family for being there day and night throughout this ordeal. Also to the army padre for his service and support and the Rev Simon Moor, vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church, for his kindness and support and Janice Hutton, civil celebrant, for her service and time spent with us.

Also the police and council for their contributions so Anton’s final journey went as smoothly as possible.

To Anton’s army friends who carried him with such care and the firing party for their last salute to Anton.

Also thank you to the many majors, generals, colonels and other army officials for their kindness shown to us. Many thanks to our personal friends and Anton’s friends for all their help and support.

Finally, I would like to thank Kathy and Fred Evans from the Gables Funeral Service and their family for the upmost respect and professionalism shown to us and Anton.

Their attention to detail and personal service was second to none and I would not have entrusted my boy to anyone else.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Margaret Charlesworth


Crime and punishment

READING about the cable theft in Friday’s Examiner and the punishment Robert Law received makes you wonder about the length of sentences for crime in this country.

This man caused untold interruption to services plus a £21,000 bill for compensation and repair costs.

Two years behind bars for a man with 90 previous offences is a laugh. There will be time off for good conduct so he will serve just over 12 months.

If this person knew what good conduct means he would not have done the crime.

The police and rail bosses say the sentence will act as a deterrent to others and we all know pigs might fly.

In my mind when a crime is committed and a sentence passed there should be no time off for good conduct. The culprit should serve the full time given.

Robert Law is classed as homeless so obviously has no money to pay any costs.

I think we are at a time when the laws of punishment in this country are overhauled and judges given more leeway when passing a sentence – but don’t hold your breath.

The Old Almondburian


Independence in action

I WOULD like to thank everyone who voted for me last Thursday and for the many people who helped and supported me during the campaign.

Together we have made Holme Valley North an Independent ward. While there are many factors that make up this achievement, the most important one to myself and the other Independents is that by working for our community people can see what we have done, that they know how we do things and, most importantly of all, that we care.

I look forward to representing all the people in Brockholes, Helme, Honley, Meltham, Oldfield and Wilshaw and to doing my part to keep our villages special places in which to live.

We’ve taken down the Independent posters, but if there any that we have missed please call me on 07888 698245.

Charles Greaves

Independent, Holme Valley North

Pensioners in poverty

I VOTE for the Liberal Democrats, but I have one question to ask them: “How are pensioners £9.70 a week better off than we were two years ago when we are having to pay more for gas, electric, food and even postage stamps and 101 other things?”

We may be old but we are not daft! So let’s be honest, we are no better off. Most pensioners are still struggling and prices are still going up.

Pensioners who are in their late 80s helped to save this country and we should not have to struggle to live! But 95% are having to do just that.



Poor Giants crowd

I WENT to the Galpharm on Sunday, April 29, to watch the Giants v Swinton play in the fifth round of the Challenge Cup with my son and grandchildren aged 16 and 12.

I was both embarrassed and ashamed to see that less than 3,000 people took the time and effort to support the team who were top of the league.

Let’s hope more people can be bothered to turn up in the next round.



Looking for my old chum

WOULD it be possible for you to assist me in my search for my wartime mate Syd Griffiths? His family lived in New Hey Road.

I was evacuated to Huddersfield from Guernsey in 1940. I attended Highgate Oakes school for one year then I worked at B & J Whitwam at Golcar. I finished up at Gee Bros transport before joining the army.

I lived at Quarmby. I was a member of Milnsbridge Youth Club and I was in the army cadet force.

I would be very grateful for any information to Cede Nullis, 22 Les Cherfs, Castel, Guernsey, CY5 7HG or email

I am still a Huddersfield Town supporter.



Tragic death of a cat

OUR beautiful young black and white cat was hit by a car and killed on Monday, April 30, on Birch Road, Berry Brow, between 4pm and 4.30pm.

To the driver who killed her, I want to say that you have left us devastated at the loss of a precious family pet. She was treasured and loved by us, as well as neighbours who she befriended.

You were possibly driving a silver/green four wheel drive vehicle and, judging by our pet’s awful injuries, driving faster than 30mph. This is the speed limit along Birch Road.

You will know who you are and be aware that you had hit her. I’m appalled that you did not stop. How cruel not to at least do something.

There were residents outside at the time. They could have told you to whom she belonged. I never want to experience an animal killed in this way again. I at least have compassion for all animals and their owners.

Every day mums walk their children along Birch Road to the infant school and back, often with younger siblings in tow.

It could easily have been a child who had run into the road that you hit and they would have been killed without a doubt. The 30mph limit means just that and no more.

Birch Road is busy with buses and many other vehicles. It is used as a quick route when there is a hold up on the main Sheffield Road at the bottom or a diversion for roadworks. Consequently, drivers are in too much of a hurry to get to their destinations.

It is time for the council to consider a way of slowing traffic down along this road because speed kills anyone, not just precious animals. In the meantime we will always remember our cat Bobbie (Bobbiesox) as vibrant and beautiful.

A character who should still be here with us now. Our sad loss.


Berry Brow

More help for the deaf

DURING Deaf Awareness Week (May 7-13) we are highlighting the barriers facing patients who are deaf and calling on local health services to improve their access and to commission interpreting services that use only appropriately qualified sign language interpreters for Deaf patients.

Our new research shows that 41% of surveyed people who use British Sign Language (BSL) as their first language have left a health appointment feeling confused about their medical condition because the interpretation was not of an adequate standard.

And 68% said they have asked for an interpreter to be booked for a GP appointment but did not get one.

People who are deaf have the legal right to experience the same level of service as other patients so, to avoid unnecessary confusion, anxiety or embarrassment it is vital they can access communication support best suited to their individual needs.

To sign our petition calling for local health services to use only interpreters registered with the National Registers of Communications Processionals (NRCPD) – which shows they meet the required standard for communicating essential medical information – visit

Rebecca Griffin

Head of Campaigns and PR

Hoping for new anthem

NATIONAL Anthem? We have never had one! All we do have is a dirge about an old lady, sooner or later to become a dirge about an old man. The words to the whole thing are quite ridiculous.

Want a National Anthem? Land of Hope and Glory. The words to Jerusalem are also quite meaningless.

F B Hollis