Dancing on someone’s grave just not my style

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May I correct an inaccuracy in a letter from RA Cundy (Star, May 3) which clearly referred to my letter on the death of Margaret Thatcher and the disgusting behaviour in Goldthorpe during the burning of an effigy of the former Prime Minister.

The writer seems to think that the word “repulsive” was originally used by me to describe this but in fact it was first used by The Star when readers were asked for their comments about the demonstration in Goldthorpe.

I also hardly think it is relevant whether one comes from “the affluent, leafy suburbs of Lodge Moor”, or a deprived area where people are suffering hardship, as the issue is about acceptable standards of behaviour.

I was brought up to believe that whatever acrimony exists between people whilst alive, a line is drawn under any hostility or bitterness when death occurs so as to enable those who have passed away to rest in peace, and those who are left to move on with their lives.

I certainly understand what it is like to have one’s life ruined by the actions of a person one can no longer respect, however, to dance on someone’s grave is not my style as I think a dignified silence carries far more weight and can reflect one’s feelings a lot better than the appalling scenes that occurred in Goldthorpe.

Susan Richardson