I HAD to write in to say that in this day of debate as to whether we need to Keep Holmfirth Special, Make it Special, have or not have a Tesco, Holmfirth has shown that it can be utterly successful and bring in people far and wide.

The Holmfirth Festival of Folk and the Holmfirth Film Festival have been a credit to all those involved in organising, participating and audiences. The past two weeks have brought people to different venues to view a wide range of music and film.

I am involved in organising events and the day-to-day management of Upperthong Village Hall and this venue hosted three film events with a great turnout.

I personally during the past fortnight saw numerous musicians including the great Roger Davies and watched a film about inspirational music (Benda Bilili), The Muppets and the film about Tesco – A Supermarket Ate my Valley – and visited the Picturedrome to see the local films.

It is thanks to all those people who hosted these events and helped support both the Festival of Folk and the Film Festival.

All those who organised them did a great job with a huge thanks to Stephanie and Stephen who enabled different groups of people to visit places they may not generally frequent.

The icing on the cake was Town going up!

However, there are still so many great events to come with Jubilee celebrations up and down the valleys, local community events such as carnivals, fetes and galas, Holmfirth Arts Festival, the Art Week, local beer and music festivals and the Food and Drink Festival – and that will take us up to the end of September.

helen wilson


Leading the council

“Local people gave the Labour Party an increased number of councillors showing we’re in tune with residents,” were the resounding words of Clr Mehboob Khan after his re-election as leader of our council.

I and others were unhappy that the Conservative councillors decided to abstain from the vote.

This is to a degree understandable when all they would face would be derision at failing to oust Clr Khan from his secure seat.

If the Conservatives had voted against Clr Khan it would have made no difference whatsoever. He is leader by the constitution for four years even though he puts himself up for re-election each year it’s a case of the winner of this year’s one horse race is. The Labour Group has 32 members and the Conservatives have but 18.

If, however, Conservative Clr Robert Light had put up for council leader not one of the other groups would have supported him.

The Greens would not have voted for an alternative. It was the votes of the four greens three years ago which lost the Conservatives control of the council. The Lib Dems would not support the Conservatives nor would the Independents.

The four independents – three of whom are now in with the Green group – voted against and the other independent voted for Clr Khan.

This year was the first time the Greens voted against Clr Khan and the main reason being they did not get the chair of Scrutiny Panel or any chairs of major committees which they wanted.

They therefore voted as a matter of pique rather than policy.

Labour is the largest party and so by the constitution has to form the administration. All other minor groups would not support the Conservatives running the council.

Perhaps Clr Andrew Cooper and Clr Kath Pinnock would care to explain why they would not support the Conservatives in running the administration as the major opposition party thus trying to break the cycle of negativity from the clueless Labour party.

R J Bray


Pride Down Under

TO everyone in Huddersfield I am so happy Town have finally been promoted!

What a nail biting finish, but how great the feeling when you succeed. We watched it here in Australia, so proud of our lads.

Karen Walsh


The power of sleep

WHAT a night and, in my case, into Sunday morning.

There was excellent streaming available on the internet in Mongolia and multiple languages to choose from including Spanish, French Italian but I settled on Russian for the first 90 minutes. For extra time found the English commentary.

Then it was time to invoke my power of sleep. Let me explain.

I had wanted Manchester City to beat Manchester United so I went to bed with 90 minutes gone and United leading 2-1. While in bed City scored their two injury time goals.

Similarly, I wanted Chelsea to beat Bayern Munich. Just after Bayern scored to lead 1-0 (83 minutes) and also leading 16 corners to nil at that stage I went to bed.

Yet again my sleeping powers took affect and in this time Chelsea won their one and only corner which led to Drogba scoring. Robben missed his penalty and Chelsea won the penalty shoot out.

So I was really left with no option. I could have risked watching Town in the penalty shoot-out but decided that my Power of Sleep was the way to go – and viola of course they won and I am three for three.

I must come clean. I was too nervous to look at the result so my wife Lizette did it for me!

I don’t think I would have survived Town missing their first three kicks. Roll on Leeds and Barnsley in 2012/13.

A few cold ones will go down in Mongolia where it is 27°C today.

Congratulations to Town

Richard and Lizette Fox

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Texting and driving

AS regards John Proctor’s comments in the Examiner on May 25 which were an offshoot of Colin Vause’s comments in Mailbag on May 23 relating to mobile phone usage while driving and texting plus using DVD players while driving.

Drivers should have a hefty fine and be banned from driving. No ifs or buts – this speaks for itself as regards how dangerous it can be.

Let us face the facts that there is enough carnage on our roads without this. So it is time to be more aggressive now.

It is too late in the future when generations of people have been wiped out.

Colin Liversidge


Ahoy there shipmates!

I’M trying to trace people who served at the HMS Collingwood shore training establishment which is still going strong. Many Examiner readers are among the thousands of people who served there and they include electricians, seamen, cooks and Wrens.

Who did they serve with and would they like to meet up with them again? An Association has been set up. Contact Mike Crowe, 7 Heath Road, Sandown. PO36 8PG or mike.crowe1@btinternet.com

Mike Crowe