Such a shame that our club is closing
Happy days at Duncan Road! It is an absolute shame this working men's club has to close ("Era ends in the Land of Club", Mercury, December 28).
Yes, working men's club is exactly what it means. It is for the working man, when you have finished your working life.
It has been a pleasure to go to places such as this for free entertainment and it's where you meet friends.
I've been going down the Duncan Road for most of my life and have met some great people there.
It's somewhere to unwind. I love to chat to the people. This is the kind of place you can forget all your troubles and enjoy yourself.
I've also seen some great turns, including Wal Reyner, who had the deepest voice in Leicester, and the great Wally Bosworth.
I could fill this page with what has been on, all of which was free.
People have short memories down at the Duncan. They used to run buses to dear old Skeggy for all the pensioners.
They would call at somewhere for a breakfast on the way and all would be given £20 to spend there. They just cannot afford this now.
It is also one of the best concert rooms in Leicester. It has drawings of old Leicester. It's a pleasure to go and just sit and look at them. It takes you back in time.
The reason I think it is closing is because it's not the young ones' cup of tea and it is losing the old ones.
You never get fights or stabbings. People go in there to enjoy themselves. I have yet to see any disturbances.
Ray Wright has been a great servant to the club. He is just over a year older than myself. I can almost go back as far as him.
He always looks smart. I shall miss him handing out my bingo tickets.
There were some great working men's clubs in Leicester, including Belgrave, North Evington and the good old Spinney Hill. I've been to them all. It's such a shame any of these had to go.
But the Duncan Road club has been my venue Saturday night and Sunday dinner for years. I usually finish my letters by saying "ain't life great". But I shall miss this particular club the most.
Phil Dyer, Glen Parva.