I AGREE wholeheartedly with the comments of Danny Lane, (Examiner, December 20) the profoundly deaf man who talked about difficulties experienced in theatres.

Last year I booked tickets to take my granddaughter to see a pantomime for the first time ever in Halifax.

I phoned up to be told provision would be made for her to be seated near to the front where there would be someone doing British Sign Language.

There was, but we couldn’t see them from right at the back.

At the interval I mentioned it and asked if they could request someone swaps seats with us, especially as I had booked tickets for the show suitable for deaf people.

Sadly there was nothing to be done so I got a refund.

I booked again this year, phoning up and explaining the situation.

When the tickets arrived we realised we would have been too far back to have seen, so I returned them once more.

My granddaughter is just nine years old and we as her family do everything to make sure she has the same opportunities as her class friends who can hear.

Sadly it’s not always possible and we understand there will be some difficulties, but surely if theatres and concert venues want to attract deaf people to the shows, consider where they will be seated first.

I think having someone like Mr Lane highlighting the cause can do no wrong, he seems knowledgeable and willing to offer advice.

Those on the receiving end should take it.

Kath Cordley


Hard act to follow

PROBABLY most of Kirklees residents are unaware that the Home Care Services from Kirklees is to finally end in the New Year after decades of wonderful service to the elderly and vulnerable disabled.

The service is now passed on to the private sector. We would like to pass on our best wished and thanks to past and present carers, particularly the wonderful team of eight who have worked in the Kirkheaton and Waterloo area the past few years.

We hope their future deployment at Kirklees is as satisfying to them all, they will be sadly missed. To the private sector, welcome, you have a hard act to follow.

Audrey and John Allen


Family’s thanks

ON BEHALF of my family, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to our charity, Missing People this year.

In particular thank you to Bob, staff and customers at Wooldale Arms, Wooldale Co-op, Thongsbridge Co-op; Malc, staff and customers at Long Lane Cafe, Dalton and Christine, Jim and customers at their Folly Hall cafe.

We are so grateful for all your contributions and wish all of you a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

Margaret Cooper

New Mill

Final card

AFRAID I have been lazy this year regarding the sending of Christmas cards.

I read in the paper some time ago about someone deciding to stop sending cards owing to the cost of postage and the cards. I totally agree with him.

J B Lockwood


Weather watch

DECEMBER 14 was a day to forget for many people. Black ice, 400 people treated in hospital, accidents galore yet why wasn’t action taken to prevent this?

People took small children out on their bikes as we saw in our local paper yet there was a risk of falling with them.

Paths were left ungritted, many roads were untreated, why?

The weather was like the film The Day Before Tomorrow and no-one was prepared for it, yet many were aware of the forecasts.

So will this happen yet again?

Colin Vause


Not too late to cancel?

COULD we possibly think that Councillor Mehboob Khan, due to Black Wednesday will now cancel the iPads for all councillors and possibly save the jobs of some council workers? I do not think so!

R Stirk


Town is buzzing

WE (my sister and I) would like to thank all the shop assistants, the singers in the square, the lady who runs the book exchange stall in the market and especially the Community Church who provided the free gift wrapping and refreshments again in the square, on Saturday.

We visit your town about once a month. We think it is well worth it. Everybody is so friendly, the town is buzzing and we always find a bargain. Thank you and a happy Christmas.

J Beard


How is our money spent?

ON reading the article, Council’s Black Wednesday (Examiner, December 20) I was pleased to hear that we are having to make a further 1.7% in spending cuts.

If we can make cuts of £84 million, we can go even further!

As Councillor Mehboob Khan states that they’ve cut £57 for every man, woman and child, I would like to know what my council tax money was being spent on before the cuts were outlined.

Hopefully Kirklees Council will think twice when spending my hard earned money in the future instead of wasting it on ridiculous projects and time wasting schemes.

It’s the council that needs to get into the real world and get proper leadership.

I bet there isn’t a household in Kirklees that hasn’t been affected by the recession. You do the same councillor.

John Kaye

Fenay Bridge

Beware cheap cigarettes

THIS time of year can be expensive and people will understandably look for cheaper alternatives when it comes to everyday goods and necessities.

Cheaper cigarettes may be very tempting, when offered by street sellers or from ‘the back of a van.’

But many of these cigarettes are counterfeit or contain illicit tobacco, which is not only illegal to sell in this country, but can also be dangerous, as illicit tobacco can sometimes contain chemicals such as rat poison.

It is estimated that smoking 20 fake cigarettes is equivalent to smoking 100 regular legal cigarettes. The fact that children are often seen as a market for these dangerous cigarettes should be something that concerns us all.

At Crimestoppers, we know that the counterfeit cigarette trade is often controlled by those also involved in serious organised crime including drug and human trafficking, prostitution and violence.

By catching these criminals we can also put an end to a catalogue of crime affecting society at all levels. What’s more, contraband cigarettes also have a heavy cost for the rest of the law abiding public. HM Revenue and Customs estimates that the Government misses out on £3.6billion in revenue each year.

At the West Yorkshire Crimestoppers groups we understand the temptation to purchase these cheaper cigarettes, but we ask that the public pass up this opportunity, and if you suspect that there is illicit tobacco or counterfeit cigarettes being sold in the area, to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Peter Harkness

Chairman, West Yorkshire Crimestoppers committee


Time to end Hill saga

IT’S about time this Castle Hill saga was put to bed now! There would be a public house there now if the Thandi brothers had not decided to destroy it

The way the building was attacked and the steel work that was put in place was a real eye sore. You’d think they were putting up a skyscraper.

Dennis Rushforth


Pride and joy

A REQUEST to Kirklees Council, please do not give planing permission again to build on Castle Hill.

What an eyesore it was before. Castle Hill is our heritage, it is my pride and joy.

I look at it all the time from my window.

Do not let “them” destroy our heritage, leave us something from the past. We have lost most other things I remember.

I’m Huddersfield born and bred, 79 years.

Marjorie Medrick