Take Two with Colin Drury

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FROM buses to minicabs, and here’s a question: just what on Earth were bosses at Mercury Taxis thinking?

The firm has apologised after two passengers were made to pay the full fare home – despite suffering nosebleeds and cuts when their driver crashed.

The two women were forced to get out of one car after the smash and had wait in the cold for a second.

But they were still ordered to cough up in full when they were finally dropped home.

Bosses then ignored complaints for almost two months until The Star got involved.

Only then did they say sorry and offer the pair, Kate Halliwell and Jane Parr of Meersbrook, their money back, as revealed in yesterday’s paper.

They have refused to give compensation for the distress of the whole incident.

Kate and Jane will probably be calling a rival firm in future.

GREAT to see Castle Market experiencing a shopping boom on the back of the horse meat scandal.

Butchers there are enjoying a sales bonanza as shoppers abandon supermarkets after ongoing revelations that cow isn’t the only animal in several supposedly beef-based ready meals.

“I can’t remember us being so busy,” one unit-holder told this paper.

And long may it continue, too.

Because, frankly, after tasting the burgers and bangers from somewhere like Slattery’s, some of the rubbish they’ve been serving up at Tesco is a load of old pony. Literally.

PRAISE for the proposed Women Of Steel statue seems to be more or less universal – and quite right too.

Martin Jennings’ bronze design – revealed in The Star – captures both the toil and the camaraderie the city’s steel working lasses say they experienced during World War Two.

“It’s a beautiful statue,” said one of them, 92-year-old Ruby Gascoigne.

And if it’s good enough for her, who are the rest of us to argue?