Shocking site for visitors to town
Beirut, Detroit, Chicago? No, actually Loughborough.
I could not believe this site that I witnessed driving through Loughborough recently. I just had to return the next day armed with my camera.
I fully concur with Mr Partridge of Anstey whose photograph of Frog Island, in Leicester, was printed in the Mercury last month ("An area of the city that is truly dreadful", Mailbox, March 6).
What visitors must think of our university town, I dread to think.
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Robert Pretty, East Goscote.
With the Olympics fast approaching, this year I was wondering if the bookies thought of running a book on how many of the thousands of competitors and spectators from all around the world that will be arriving here will "forget" to go home after the games have finished.
After all, if the open-door policy of the past few years is any measure of their chances of being sent back, the population of the country is about to rise.
We can not get rid of Abu Hamza because of the human rights lawyers and do-gooder brigade. They would even insist on ET staying and he wants to go home.
Jim Bradshaw, Ratby.
In the absence of further supporting letters for the Knighton Fields Centre, I add something to the initial cry.
The point has already been made concerning the opportunities for public performance in music, dance and drama by the talented.
However, especially in its prime, the work in performing arts went beyond that, reaching out into schools wherever there was interest.
Large numbers of children as young as seven were given the opportunity of appearing in venues such as De Montfort Hall and also on stage at the Haymarket theatre.
Many, as has been mentioned, went on to professional work in the arts at all levels.
In addition to visits to schools by professional performers, the work of music, drama and dance received continuous encouragement and assistance.
Unfortunately, this work began to be threatened more than 20 years ago.
The idea of broad education embracing the arts for all, which had seen Leicestershire become a model for others, became a target for those who wished to use the money for other purposes.
Of course it will be said that today we are in a parlous financial state and therefore can afford only the basics.
But we thought more widely when we were much poorer even than we are nowadays.
In general, we seem to have lost the notion that the arts and their appreciation are an essential constituent of civilization and that this should be an essential part of education.
F J Gallagher, Evington.
Howard Foulkes is the latest of a steady stream of writers who have placed the blame on the last Government for the financial difficulties in which the economy finds itself (Mailbox, April 20).
Let us be clear. The last Government inherited – to use a current favourite word – the latest collapse of free market economics from the greed and ineptitude of the private sector globally, whose political representatives in this country are the present Government.
If the Labour Party has any blame, it lies in the freedom from regulation it allowed finance, urged on it by those now complaining about today's situation.
C R Lymn, Oadby.
If any readers aged over 55 are looking for a new interest in life, perhaps I can help.
For anyone who has been recently made redundant or retired or simply has time to fill, I would urge them to contact Curve theatre, in Leicester.
There are various workshops and courses to choose from, at minimal cost. I chose the poetry workshop under the guidance of talented young writer Lydia Towsley.
I had never written a poem in my life but have really enjoyed this 10-week course. It has opened my eyes to a whole new world.
I would recommend these courses to everyone. You really cannot lose.
Audrey Allen-Horton, Syston.