“Less funding for the Arts than other major cities”

This letter sent to the Star was written by Mary Steele, Deerlands Avenue, Parson Cross, S5
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Sheffield’s art community bemoans the fact we receive less funding for the Arts than other major cities (The Star, March 10).

Well, with regards to its contribution to Parson Cross, I venture to describe it as a blessing!

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Unfortunately, it was a sad day when some members of the art community arrived on our doorstep, their aim apparently to effect change.

Visitors take in the various paintings on display at the great Sheffield Art show held at the Millennium GalleriesVisitors take in the various paintings on display at the great Sheffield Art show held at the Millennium Galleries
Visitors take in the various paintings on display at the great Sheffield Art show held at the Millennium Galleries

Well, they certainly did that! Hiding behind anonymity and acting as self-appointed representatives of the community, many faceless people colluded in approving publication of what can only loosely be described as ‘a book’ ironically entitled I love PX.

Included in that book was a tasteless, derogatory verse entitled Rotting Heads on Parson Cross, turned into a song under the title Angry Parsons.

With an arrogance that can only be described as breath-taking, its creators uploaded it onto the internet in the form of an animated video, for posterity serving to degrade and demoralise Parson Cross residents for decades to come.

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Other examples of wasted arts cash exist on Parson Cross, but they pale into insignificance when compared to the above from which some have since chosen to distance themselves from any involvement.

Appealing to their better nature, I sought to have it removed from the internet to no avail, so I now publicly challenge those involved with this project to provide evidence that this cruel piece of work is based on fact and not, as appears more likely, a figment of a wild imagination.

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