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The Grand National takes place on Saturday. Since 2000 28 horses have died on the Grand National Course and, over the course of the three- day meeting, 47 horses have died in that same period.

The Grand National is the longest horse race in this country. On average fewer than 40 per cent of horses finish the race and some have been unable to race again or have died later from their exertions. On top of this jockeys are allowed to whip their mounts to encourage them to go faster.

No other branch of animal welfare allows animals to be beaten in the name of sport.

It is time to put pressure on race organisers and politicians to ban the Grand National as well as use of the whip by jockeys.

We can help by refusing to bet on this event, or on any other race, until radical changes are made to this cruel and unnecessary spectacle of horse racing.

Kevin Marsden

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Tribute to Chuck Berry

It was only a few months ago, October 18 , to be precise, that I, and many others, were celebrating the 90th birthday of Chuck Berry.

It is time to pay tribute to him once more, as he tells Beethoven to Roll Over’, and make room for Chuck Berry, on his way to The Promised Land, with No Particular Place To Go, except maybe Memphis Tennessee.

On reaching his final resting place, Back In The USA’, no doubt he will have it Reelin’ ’n’ Rockin’, to some of that Rock ’n’ Roll Music, just like he did in our School Days, to the sounds of Johnny B. Goode, and Sweet Little Sixteen.

The Hillbilly Cats will be paying their own tribute to Chuck Berry, when they Let It Rock, at the Railway Hotel, Penistone Road, Wadsley Bridge, on Friday, April 7, as will I, in between their sets, along with other great songs from the ’50/’60s, including those of Eddie Cochran, who died in April 1960, not long after playing in Sheffield.

The music starts around 8.45pm, and admission is free, with No Money Down.

Mike Lawton


Let’s try to move on

I am reluctant to reply to Anne Palmer’s latest response to my letter and risk a long-running diatribe, but unfortunately the points she raises do not make sense.

To spare your readers further I will restrict myself to a brief rebuttal of her two main points.

The discrimination was inevitable because his beliefs would have prevented him ordaining women or accepting communion from female clergy.

He had the opportunity to say this was not the case but failed to do so, and the proposed option to the former was simply a ‘cop-out’ and would have meant he would have failed to fulfil one of the main tasks of his role.

Female clergy are not forced on parishes, but if a member of a congregation where a woman priest is appointed objects to this Ms Palmer is correct in saying they would have to attend another church.

However, this can happen, and often does, for many other reasons,including a dislike of liturgy, style of worship, other personal preference or even personality clashes.

People do not necessarily attend their local parish church, but find one that suits them.

The C of E is definitely a ‘broad church’ and options are available for everyone who wishes to worship, so there is no discrimination involved in the terms she describes.

Unless the Church of England somehow ‘de-ordains’ all women priests there cannot be a solution to the issue she raises.

The fact is that Philip North will not be the next Bishop of Sheffield and whoever is appointed will not please everyone, but let’s try to move on without acrimony.

Alan Heath

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We have no choice

Do we need a fresh look at the way we are governed?

We have MPs who seem to be looking after their own interests instead of the people they were elected to represent.

The House of Lords which is a joke, £300 a day for doing practically nothing with perks galore, grace-and-favour establishments, expenses, on top of a good salary, the list goes on.

And all at the expense of the hard- working British people who have no choice but to keep paying.

EB Warris

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Plan is a no-brainer

As a resident of Chapeltown I welcome the proposed new service station development at junction 35.

Apart from tidying up the area around the junction heading down into Chapeltown where the grass verges continually resemble a muddy quagmire due mainly to illegal off-road biking activity, the completed development will generate £1m a year in rates, but more importantly brings a promise of £200,000 a year for 99 years towards the maintenance and improvement of local woodland.

Clearing and redeveloping a few acres of abandoned, neglected woodland abused by off-road bikers in exchange for these benefits for the whole community and wider area is in my eyes a no-brainer.

Chris Young

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Terry Palmer is on holiday

My, how time flies! Just a line to let all you poor souls that relish ‘having a go’ and can’t sleep at night for thinking of me.

Sorry to disappoint you but I have now to inform all you ‘leftie luvvies’ and far right ‘nasties’ that my annual six-month world cruise is yet again almost here and therefore there will be no more missives from yours truly for a while.

I hope you are not too disappointed?

I’m looking forward to dinners and drinks with the captain on board and I will NOT be wishing you were here though.

Make no mistake, “I’ll be back” to help mix cement with the rest of the thousands of English volunteers, (and some Scottish), in helping to build the wall to keep Sturgeon, Robertson and Salmond out of the democratic UK and locked in to the undemocratic EU.

Terry Palmer

South Lea Avenue, Hoyland, Barnsley, S74