Salt in the wound

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I live near Ponderosa, where the latest Tramlines festival has just taken place, I now feel that enough is enough with this.

The tenants of Upperthorpe and Netherthorpe were never consulted about the possibility of having Tramlines coming to Ponderosa.

Concerns were raised when we were told it was coming to Ponderosa about it being a residential area, and also that there was a nursing home across the road from where the venue is held.

Also some residents do have to work over the weekend and would like rest while at home.

Our complaints have not been listened to and concerns ignored, the weekend was horrific, it was so loud that my windows vibrated, I could not even hear my own TV.

What made it worse was that it also went over the allotted time and on Friday night it finished at 10.30pm and not 10pm, and the music got louder and louder.

On Saturday it went on till 11pm and not 10.30pm and again it was loud and then everyone coming out singing until midnight just rubbed salt into a wound.

I for one want Tramlines moved to somewhere else so that residents are not kept awake or have to suffer the deafening noise from the festival.

One very tired and angry resident

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New kitchen installation

The guys installing the new kitchens in the high rise flats in Herdings are doing a fantastic job.

Their professionalism is one of first class and should be applauded by Places for People who employ them, regardless of the negative thinking which is going around at the present time of high rise living.

The housing association has taken great steps to ensure the residents of their safety, so it’s hats in the air for the Sheffield team from Places for People.

EB Warris

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Is it Trump or Biff?

Having recently watched a re-run of the first film in the Back to the Future trilogy I never knew that the character Biff was played by President Trump, the likeness is amazing.

RD

Worrall

Private Eye

Well, our emerging short-break European city, up there with Lisbon and Geneva (shurely shome mistake) has got itself some more national publicity.

Discerning readers of the Star and Telegraph will be aware of the ‘Felling Lies’ piece in the latest - No 1448 - issue of Private Eye in which it’s alleged the council did not fully read the Amey contract before signing it.

Shock! Horror!

Ron Clayton

S6

We still need Pride

With LGBTQ Pride festivals happening in many of our biggest cities, it’s fair to say things have come a long way in the 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.

Public attitudes towards LGBTQ people have improved over the last few years and we’re slowly seeing better representation of our country’s diversity, both in the media and in politics.

Over the Summer thousands of people - including Barnardo’s service users, volunteers and staff - will parade through the streets to celebrate LGBTQ culture and the strides society has made in equality over the last five decades.

Even so things are far from perfect.

For many children and young people, dealing with diversity issues and finding their own identity can be difficult.

For some, struggling to understand their feelings and how they fit in can lead to self-harm, suicidal thoughts and low self-esteem.

These factors can have a knock-on effect and even leave them vulnerable to sexual exploitation and poor educational achievement.

Barnardo’s works with a diverse cross-section of children, young people and families to provide services to support LGBTQ young people.

Our Positive Identities service works with schools, families, faith and wider communities helping LGBTQ young people.

While homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and attacks still exist we will still need Pride and I’m proud of the part Barnardo’s plays in addressing these issues.

Steve Oversby

Director, Barnardo’s East Region

Are they worth it?

I am not loyal to any news channel, I like to keep up with what’s happening but I don’t tune into the Beeb just to see Hugh or Fiona.

I am not questioning their journalistic attributes but some have said they get all that money to read at us. Are they really worth the salaries they are getting when really they are no better at doing the news than any generic newsreader on any channel?

Emily Maitlis has thrown the toys from the pram as she’s disgusted at the pay she receives for part time work. Yeah she’s ok on Newsnight but I wouldn’t go threatening to leave the Beeb as her talent for stringing a few sentences together is ok, be grateful for the large cheque you recieve, it’s hardly working long shifts in a factory.

Jayne Grayson

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History lesson

Bouquets to Carol Guest and Neil Wainwright for showing that dreams really can come true.

Brickbats to The Star for apparently believing that the Falklands War started in 1985, rather than in 1982.

I know it’s all ancient history to you young ’uns, but just in case you can’t find an old fogey to ask, genuine 1985 events include the first UK mobile phone calls, the end of the miners’ strike, the first episode of Eastenders and the births of Lewis Hamilton and Wayne Rooney.

Meanwhile in Sheffield, the name “Peace Gardens” became official, (before being rebuilt as we see them today in 1998).

I’m sure other readers would also love to celebrate the couple’s happiness with stories of what was really going on back then.

J Robin Hughes

Towngate Road, Worrall, Sheffield, S35

A whee break!

Listening to the Women’s World ODI Cup Final v India something tickled me.

A mid-session drinks break was taken as it is in the men’s game and I just wondered if this may be followed some 10 minutes later by a toilet break.

Just a thought!

John Vintin

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