AS A Sheffielder and a Sheffield United fan, may I firstly say congratulations to Huddersfield Town on their promotion.

It was a tense game down to the wire but you had that little bit of luck that you need on days like those. The atmosphere was great and the banter with your fans was second to none, all bathed in glorious sunshine.

I write this letter specifically to say a massive thank you to two Town fans who took pity on two young Blades.

Me and a friend were queueing up to buy food at Watford Gap services on the way back up north, only to venture outside and find our coach had left us behind!

Luckily, two Huddersfield folk were kind enough to accommodate us in their car and drop us off at junction 34.

Needless to say, we all had a laugh at our predicament particularly when we whizzed past the coach we were meant to be on in the first place!

So, Dean and Trev, if you’re reading this I’d like to thank you both massively again for your help and understanding.

The taxi fare would NOT have been cheap! Good luck to you both following Town next season and good luck to them in the Championship.

We hope we can join you there next season.



Great road to Wembley

HUDDERSFIELD Town at Wembley. Oh I did have a good day!

I would like to take a minute to thank Town for arranging transport to Wembley.

We had a most comfortable coach and were very well looked after.

I would like to thank the drivers particularly. The journey was very difficult but they went far out of their way to ensure that we arrived safely and on time.

We travelled through some of the most beautiful parts of middle England – an unexpected bonus. Those on my coach will definitely recognise the description and I am sure join with me in my expression of appreciation.

There was never such good use made of maps, telephones, and some very stunning short cuts through London.

In fact there were many very surprised Londoners as we went down their quiet streets!

Sue Starr


Pride in Tyke teams

I WOULD like to congratulate Huddersfield Town on their promotion to the Championship following a thrilling penalty shootout at Wembley.

Of course it was a sad day for Sheffield United who remain in League One for another season, although I have no doubt they will be fighting all the way for promotion.

I am immensely proud to represent Yorkshire and the Humber in Europe and it is wonderful that I can sing the praises of the club, its fans and Huddersfield itself to my European colleagues.

Yorkshire derbies against Leeds United and Barnsley and high profile fixtures against Blackburn, Wolves and Bolton will ensure an exciting season to come.

The rewards though are more than just on the football pitch.

It has been noted in other parts of the country, and in Europe, that a successful football club boosts the area around it, not only in terms of a wider interest in the city, but also in the morale of those working, living and doing business there.

Timothy Kirkhope

MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber

Text book win!

AS a lifelong Town fan now residing in South Africa I was desperately disappointed the game was not televised here (last year’s final was)!

My cousin, Jason Mellor, also born and bred in Huddersfield, was in the press box at Wembley reporting for a national newspaper and he kept me right up to date with the drama that was unfolding (the internet has a couple of minutes lapse time).

The tension in this part of ‘little Huddersfield’ in Joburg was palpable and so when the final text ‘Town win ’ came through the celebrations really got underway!

Can’t wait for the DVD to come out. Town until I die!

Nigel Mitchell

South Africa

Suitable clothing?

I KEEP an eye on your Memory Lane photos and note that what the men are all wearing are suits – suits made from good quality cloth, made as likely as not here in Huddersfield.

I am old enough to remember how one would buy a suit length (a suit length could be an item of currency in those days) and take it to a good tailor such as Ernest Taylor on Byram Street, to be made to measure in the style one had chosen.

Off-the-peg suits were looked down upon in those days.

Now who wears a suit these days, or even proper cloth? It is all fleeces, chinos, jeans and anoraks. Practical of course, but sloppy and lacking in style.

Could there not be a real effort to make good cloth fashionable again, in order to stimulate the regrowth of our once-great industry from those determined pockets which still survive?

Surely there are great potential markets still to be found in China, India and South America?

Arthur Quarmby


Back to basics

HOW can we allow our £1bn of aid to help educate deprived children be so badly used that even the basics are not taught?

£1bn wasted? Can our local MP obtain an answer on this for those that provide the funds, that is the UK taxpayers?

Philip Collins


Walking to aid children

PLEASE could I draw the attention of your readers to a sponsored walk. I know. It’s the season for them.

This walk is aid of Action for Children. In a recent random poll Action for Children came third in a list of charities well known to the public.

Called Step out for Children, the walk leaves Lindley Methodist Church on Saturday June 9 at 1.30pm. Registration takes place from 1pm.

If you want a sponsor sheet please contact me. If you don’t want a sponsor sheet come along, enjoy the walk in pleasant company and give a donation.

The walk is a pleasant easy five mile walk round the village and nearby countryside.

Well behaved dogs with well behaved owners are welcome. Also children. We don’t mind how they behave.

Barbara Rushforth

7 Western RoadHuddersfield

Diamond volunteers

THERE are huge numbers of older people in the community who do tremendous work volunteering their time to help others.

WRVS, in partnership with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, has launched a search to find “Diamond Champions”, volunteers over the age of 60 who make a real difference to the lives of older people, and whose efforts deserve to be celebrated.

Sixty people will be shortlisted from the North West, Yorkshire and Humber and from that shortlist, a judging panel will select 10 people from each region in the UK to join 70 others at a royal residence to meet their Royal Highnesses, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in the autumn.

We are asking people to nominate older people they think should be recognised for their work in the community by going to

Sue Collins

WRVS Head of Services for North West, Yorkshire and Humber