Vera Percy: a brave lady I am proud to call my friend

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I was very sorry to hear of the death of Vera Percy. During one of her many letters to The Star she asked for some of her old school friends to get in touch with her and they would remember her as Vera Swift. Mine was one of names she mentioned and I was surprised to find that the letters I had been reading over the years, were in fact written by someone I had known in the 1930s. I was the only one to contact her and she presumed “the rest had fallen off the shelf “.

Vera was a brilliant scholar and was only 10 when she passed the eleven-plus examination to go to Abbeydale Secondary School for Girls. We were reunited and met again for the first time in 75 years in 2010, as a result of the Women of Steel Campaign. Vera was partially sighted for many years and was no longer able to write to The Star after losing her sight completely. She had always something interesting to write about and was always cheerful.

She was a very brave lady I am proud to call my friend. Thank you Vera, for the joy you brought to The Star readers with your letters.

Marjorie Neal

Fairbarn Road, Sheffield S6

So sad to hear of the death of Vera Percy.

The prolific letter writer gave much enjoyment to many readers. In Sheffield we are lucky to have such a vibrant and dedicated band of correspondents and it is usually the letters page I turn to when my paper arrives.

In defence of the wonderful Susan Richardson who seems to attract criticism on a regular basis, I recently had lunch with Susan, found her to be an interesting and caring person and like Vera before her, would be sorely missed should she decide to stop writing. Susan and I didn’t always agree, and in fact agreed to disagree on many things, but that is the beauty of living in a country where we have the freedom of speech and a local press not afraid to publish both sides of a debate. Long may we read your letters, Susan.

Monica Dyson