IT IS a total disgrace that as many as 1,400 patients at Storthes Hall hospital were buried in unmarked graves (Examiner, May 17).

These former patients suffered through no fault of their own and were locked away

They would have had relatives who possibly because of distance of travel were finally forgotten and patients were left to die and be buried in a pauper’s grave.

These patients were fellow human beings whose lives were a daily life of pills and monotony.

Why is mental health looked upon as something different to any other ailment?

Of course times and treatment have moved on.

In those days the patients were at the mercy of the opinions of the doctors which could vary greatly.

We should all feel guilty for treating them in this way and allowing them to die in unmarked graves.

It is good though that a memorial plaque will be unveiled at St Thomas’s Church in Thurstonland and a stone plaque installed by the unmarked graves in the churchyard.



It’s not my style

ON Sunday I drove down Chapel Hill and the view going out to the Holme Valley was spectacular.

Only one thing looming at the beginning of that view spoiled it – the new Kirklees College. There is only one word for it – hideous!

It is not innovative or cutting edge or whatever the people who gave the green light to it choose to say. It is inappropriate and misplaced.

Its scale and position overshadow everything, literally. The beautiful golden tones of the Yorkshire stone buildings fit perfectly within the surroundings but nothing, absolutely nothing, recommends the college building to me.

We are now stuck with this building and no doubt it will win awards developed by the people who built or passed it.

And to those who say what an exciting addition it is to the Huddersfield landscape I can only think they don’t live locally or appreciate what a blot on the landscape this building has become.

Perhaps they should read the Emperor’s New Clothes.



Despicable Visual Signs

The Examiner has reported many times about the problem of graffiti in our neighbourhoods and, in particular, the ubiquity of the DVS (Devious – geddit?) tag around Holmfirth.

Annoyed as I was to see it around town it has now appeared on my garden wall, dustbin and ( – is nowhere sacred?) in my local pub!

If I Dare Vent my Spleen, and express my Dismay at these Various Sightings I think the perpetrators are Definitely Very Stupid, Defiling Valley Sites and Defacing Views Senselessly.

Their Daubs (Vulgar Scrawls) suggest Deficient Verbal Skills.

Their Delight in Vandalising So many places in the town points to total Disregard for the Values of Society.

And so, to these Dolts (Vacuous Simpletons, Vile So and so’s) let them know that their Despicable Visuals Suck. Was it not politically incorrect I would also suggest that they Deserve a Vigorous Slap.

Someone who gives a damn


All mapped out

SAT Nav? Tom-Tom? ‘Route of the problem’ (Examiner, May 25). What happened to the folding map on the knees and a bit of common sense?



Town’s young fans

WE WOULD like to say a big thank you to Mr Dean Hoyle and all the other people who cycled to Wembley.

We were lucky enough to get tickets from our school Crosland Moor Junior and we had a brilliant day.

So thank you very much and well done Huddersfield Town.

Bradley (aged 10) and Bethany (aged 8) Johnson


Great support

MAY I on behalf of all Town supporters say a big thank you to the members and fans of Wealdstone Football Club for the kind hospitality they gave us last Saturday.

A safe place to park, cheap food and drink (my sausage teacake was delicious). Then a five minute walk to the tube station for the journey to Wembley Park.

Must admit to feeling a wee bit guilty now for while we were relaxing in the sunshine in leafy Ruislip, other Town fans were having nightmare journeys.

Once more, thanks Wealdstone – a fabulous start to a fantastic day.



A magic weekend

I HAVE just come back from the Etihad stadium for the Magic Weekend. Although the result went against us, what a fantastic day myself and my son had.

We were seated among the Salford fans, who, although noisy, were very entertaining and it was great to see all the fans getting on together.

I’d also like to say how good it was to see Robbie Hunter-Paul sitting among the Giants fans and not hidden away.

Although he took a lot of stick from the Salford contingent he conducted himself as a true ambassador for the club.

Jonathan and Jack Wright


Warm memories

I THINK it is always interesting to read about people’s experience of where they have once worked as was described in the letter from Vivian Baker about Ben Shaws (Examiner, May 23).

Huddersfield was once a thriving textile town and I will never forget my time working in the mill in the late 60s and early 70s.

I worked at Stork Brothers Ltd in Birkby which I believe is one of the few mills still remaining in the town.

I can recall one very cold day when I was working in the rag department my feet were frozen as were the two guys working with me and some of the other workers.

The rag pullers had piles of thick navy socks on the floor which were due for shredding in the machine so because my feet were cold I took a pair and wore them as did other workers.

The managing director, Mr William Stork, came in and he said: “It’s cold today, you could do with a pair of those socks on Colin.’’

He didn’t know I had. Mr Stork was a gentleman who I liked so I asked him if it was OK and he said ‘yes’.

I had a few good times in the mill. The pay wasn’t great but when I left for a better job I often wished I had stayed there.



Investing in the future

ON BEHALF of the Campaign for Learning I would like to thank all the local businesses, organisations and individuals who took part in Learning at Work Day ( May 17).

Our research shows that organisations that value learning and support their employees to develop are more resilient and able to adapt and take advantage of change.

Employees also value highly working for an employer who supports their development and as a result are more motivated, productive and committed to the organisation.

On Learning at Work Day employees were able to take part in their organisation’s special learning activities and find out about development opportunities both inside and outside the workplace.

At a time of economic difficulties we are delighted so many businesses took part and saw it as an investment and not a cost.

For employees who were unable to participate but are interested in exploring how they can develop their skills, the new National Careers Service offers independent advice and guidance including an interactive website.

It can be accessed at or by calling 0800 100 900.

If you are interested in taking part in Learning at Work Day 2013 details can be found on our website at I do hope that you can join us!

Tricia Hartley

Chief Executive, Campaign for Learning