Timeless music from the 60s

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I DON’T know what planet Mick Ellis (Viewpoint, June 9) has been living on when he says ‘generally, the music of the 60s wasn’t as good as often claimed’, as this certainly doesn’t describe the wonderful era of music I remember.

The Beatles and the music of Lennon and McCartney will be remembered along with the greatest song writers of all time, together with many more groups who produced the Mersey sound.

Also who could forget such wonderful singers (British and American) as Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Dusty Springfield, Karen Carpenter, Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves and too many more to mention?

However, let’s not forget probably the greatest sound of all - the unforgettable Motown music with the greats such as The Four Tops, The Temptations, Jimmy and David Ruffin, Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson - I could go on for ever.

We will certainly never hear the like of these talented people ever again but, thankfully, their music is timeless and will be played long after we’ve gone.

Susan I Richardson, Westminster Crescent, Lodge Moor, S10

Show a little common sense

Your report on Brandon Ashall being banned from taking his drink to school is another example of how people are being brought under more control.

The school says they try to encourage kids to have a healthy diet. Nothing wrong there but there’s a world of difference between encouraging and forcing. A lot of kids hate plain water.

I certainly did.

Show a little common sense and allow children a little more choice.

Dave, S3

Coloured flats

While travelling home on our wonderful Supertram I wondered if the colour of the panels on Park Hill flats have been influenced by a political or football preference. There is an absence of the colour blue and any of its derivatives while red and its mixes are prevalent. Maybe the next phase will have blues and greens.

RMW

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