The least steel giant deserves

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FORGEMASTERS, the steel firm that had an £80m loan promised by one Government and then withdrawn by another, has rightly been compensated for the debacle.

The amount of money has not been disclosed, but it is obvious the compensation is for the work invested by the management at the factory in preparing its bid for the funding proposal.

We welcome the fact the Government has recognised the expense incurred by Forgemasters and seen fit to compensate it.

Of course, it would have been far better had the loan not been withdrawn - and the political repercussions of that decision will be felt by the respective parties for years to come.

A suburb for the Common people

THERE was always something a bit special about Attercliffe Common.

At first glance, it was factories and the associated grime, but according to those who lived there it was always a great place to live, with great community spirit.

But the bulldozers were sent in to flatten the terrace homes and the families that lived in that close-knit working class community were moved to other parts of our city.

Now a fascinating book, My Family And Other Morticians, by Ann Sapcote, recaptures the Common in its heyday and how it has been transformed, says the author, into “a seedy, soulless suburb”.

Ann questions why this was allowed to happen and says she will never understand the kind of logic which destroys a whole community in the blink of an eye. Whether you agree with her point of view, there’s no disputing that a return of its community spirit would be welcome.

Listen and learn

PUT your hands over your ears for a moment and listen...

Now try to imagine how you’d cope if that was all you could hear - all the time. That’s how four million Brits live, of their own choice.

They soldier on, in a world growing ever quieter, rather than admit they have a hearing problem. For the majority, a hearing aid would be all it takes to bring them back into the real world.

But the stigma stops them from getting help. They think hearing aids are only for the old and frail. Research says people wait up to 15 years before seeking medical advice.

This is Deaf Awareness Week, the ideal time to not only face the music, but hear it. Really hear it.

If you know you have a hearing problem, go to our website and take the Royal National Institute for the Deaf’s hearing test. It could change the way you hear life.