This is not to be laughed at

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MANY of us will remember the schooltime pranks of setting up a chair for a teacher to sit on and it collapses in a heap on the floor.

And the sight of a person falling to the ground as a chair gives way underneath them still brings a smile to most people’s faces.

That was probably the case, too, when deputy lord mayor John Campbell suffered the same plight at the Lowedges Festival this summer.

Of course, there would have been genuine concern, too, for his health with people wanting to make sure he wasn’t injured.

They would have been reassured by the fact that he was able to continue with his role in opening the festival.

But for those who may have had a wry smile, that will have been firmly wiped off their faces with the arrival of a letter from his solicitors notifying them of his intention to sue them for damages.

Now we don’t know what injury Coun Campbell suffered as this has not been disclosed.

But to take legal action over the incident seems to us a trifle harsh on the organisers.

Poorer for loss of such a man

EVEN before the poppies around the region’s war memorials have begun to fade, the tribute of remembrance was re-enacted in a South Yorkshire church as yet one more soldier who had made the ultimate sacrifice was laid to rest.

Pte Matthew Thornton’s funeral was an occasion for deep sadness and immense pride at the same time.

Sadness that a young man lost his life while doing his duty in a foreign land. Pride that he went to war in the firm knowledge that what he was doing was the right thing, the honourable thing.

Matthew had re-enlisted in the Territorial Army and specifically volunteered to serve in Afghanistan.

This is the hallmark of a man who would not shirk his duty. We are all poorer for losing such a man.

Season of goodwill

The season of good will is nearly on us, but for a group of old folks, they have already benefited from the generosity of one man.

They were yesterday treated to a slap-up lunch at Tapton Masonic Hall.

The mystery benefactor has asked for no publicity or thanks as he paid the bill for 100 OAPs, many of them vulnerable people, to have a day to remember.

But we have decided to give him the thanks he deserves today.

We hope the season of goodwill will be felt by many others, this Christmas.