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The Quo Experience Status Quo tribute band was in Bury St Edmunds on July 22 at the Apex Theatre. I went with my daughter and friend, as we had seen it advertised in your paper.

As a family, we lived with Rick Parfitt for over 10 years in Spain until he died on Christmas Eve, 2016. His children, Tommy and Lily, wanted to see the show and we knew it would upset us all, but we were bowled over by Dave Crawte, the “Rick” of the band. It was a fantastic show and the band were certainly a fitting tribute. It was lovely to see Matt Letley again. Dave was so kind to us all and especially the children. We cried at times, but the show was superb and it was as if Rick was alive again.

Jean Whitburn, Bury St Edmunds


Can someone explain to me, a mere woman interested in football a bit, why young men are signed up to academies for years, then not used?

Ipswich Town are now buying in players for the new season. Just recently I remember one young player, Jack Lancaster I think his name was, doing really well playing for other teams on loan.

Why, for example, can he not play for the first team in the coming season, as he’s proved he can succeed with older, more experienced match players?

Pauline Freeman, Great Barton


As a Conservative voter during a long life, although not always with great enthusiasm, I view the decision to leave the EU as a disaster, whether we crawl out on our bellies under the lowest rail or fling ourselves from the top rail.

We can accept, as can many other Europeans, that reforms are needed and we have a part to play in the process.

However,if she can face the next generation after undermining their future, our present MP will do so without two votes from this house.

B Perrett, Bury St Edmunds


Judith Sargent highlighted just one of my (minor) concerns about the EU in her letter (Bury Free Press, July 27). She pointed out that “there are EU regulations” which permit governments to “manage” EU migration.

That’s the point, Judith. The EU with its rules, regulations and diktats could have the final say in matters.

If the EU deems that any national government has contravened any of the rules in any minor way, it’s off to the European Court of Justice and fines are imposed. That’s not democracy or sovereignty to me.

At present, every EU citizen (imposed upon us – which I object to) has the right to freedom of movement and settlement in any EU member state. Any national government should be the master and have the final say over controlled immigration without fear or favour. That’s sovereignty, which British governments, over the decades, piece by piece, surreptitiously, without its people’s say-so, “willingly surrendered” to the EU under various treaties.

With reference to my previous published letter: those born into “Egyptian slavery” will know no different and may rebel as they head towards true freedom and democracy.

Most people agree that this Government is not handling the Brexit negotiations effectively or efficiently (Nigel Farage calls the PM “Theresa the Appeaser”) and they have been long and protracted.

However, imagine if the Government has to spend even more time debating the EU Withdrawal Bill, clause by clause, line by line. No, that’s for later, Judith.

The remainers with their doom-and-gloom crystal balls should stop worrying and “Stay Calm”.

Ian Smith, Bury St Edmunds


The Westley Estate has got in a terrible state – alleyways full of rubbish and weeds about a foot high, and rubbish all over the estate.

The council and Havebury Housing need to get their act together. On a normal summer, the lawn mowers are on the estate from the council and Havebury – so what are these men doing, with no grass to mow?

Gordon Jones, Bury St Edmunds


Noel Coward’s popular song “Mad Dogs and Englishmen Go Out in the Midday Sun” springs to mind in this present exceptional heatwave, and I wonder how many people can say they are really enjoying it. I personally am not. It tends to addle the brain! The best quip I heard recently on this subject was by a bus driver from one of our local companies: “If anyone would like the heating tuned on, I would be happy to oblige”.

Brenda Hudson, Bury St Edmunds


I was interested to see your half page article (Homes and Gardens, Bury Free Press, August 10) headed “Every home needs a smart meter”.

Smart meters depend on a mobile phone signal! There are still many “not spots” where the signal is too weak for phone calls and consequently too weak for smart meters. My home location is one of these (and has been checked by an engineer from E.ON) so I cannot have a smart emeter because it would not work.

Much emphasis is put on what the customer could save but the truth (which is not mentioned) is that the energy companies themselves want every home to have one so that they can save money by not employing meter readers. The only way the smart meter company could ensure nationwide coverage is is to put pressure on the mobile phone companies to provide a signal to all areas.

I am not sure that I would even want a smart meter anyway. The energy companies make many mistakes in their billing already. Would a smart meter also read my “feed-in tariff” from my solar panels? I don’t think so! Because it would not benefit the company!

John Shayer, Shimpling


It is only five months since we wrote to you about Suffolk County Council’s grand plan to close our Record Office and “safeguard” our precious heritage archives in their upcoming super-archive “The Hold” in Ipswich. My! What a dreadful can of worms we opened when we started to check the small print on their £10.3m Heritage Lottery Fund application, rubber-stamped in April and now being implemented in Ipswich Waterfront, ensconced in a £70m flood barrier designed to keep Neptune from the gates.

All the positive aspects of the prospective city super-archive were lauded, but with no mention of the job losses or removal of service from the far flung Waveney Valley.

Suffolk Record Office (SRO) management have stated that they have to slap in an application for new TNA (The National Archives) accreditation by December. This cannot be applied for on a branch-by-branch basis; if one fails, all fail. None of the three Suffolk branches currently meets those standards.

So, even if SRO are actually able to apply for accreditation based on plans for a building that won’t even be open until 2020, and which may not live up to its hype and expectations, perhaps you can enlighten us as to how Bury Record Office will remain open if it does not meet the same TNA standard? Very strange.

Somebody at SRO management is being less than honest with us – and you, Bury. Either we are being lied to and accreditation does not need to be applied for this year – or, Bury Record Office is scheduled for closure and SRO management want to keep the lid on it, sneaking it in as a fait accompli, just like they did in Lowestoft earlier this year.

Perhaps Lowestoft is the “dry-run” for Bury? Your Record Office may have been toxic to the touch back in 2013 when the single Suffolk Heritage Centre was first mooted, but believe me, you have no idea what these people are capable of when it comes to million-pound “big ticket” projects like “The Hold”.

Nothing Suffolk County Council does can surprise us here in Lowestoft any more. Keep looking over your shoulder, Bury!

Bob Collis, Chair, SORO (Save Our Record Office), Lowestoft


Alzheimer’s Society has announced that a staggering two and a half million people in the UK have united against dementia and become Dementia Friends. This includes 53,000 Dementia Friends in Suffolk and Norfolk.

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends initiative is the biggest-ever social action movement aiming to change the way people think, act and talk about dementia.

Following this news, I’d like to make your readers aware of our 2018 Dementia-Friendly Awards which recognise, celebrate and promote the inspirational achievements of those uniting to making a real difference to people living with dementia. Nominations close on Monday, August 20.

This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate individuals, organisations and communities leading and inspiring a change that will transform the lives of people with dementia forever, challenging misunderstandings, changing attitudes and taking action.

There are 10 categories to recognise outstanding work in this area of increasing importance to the whole community. There is Inspiring Young Person of the Year, Dementia Friendly Organisation of the Year and Dementia Friendly Community of the Year to mention just three of the categories.

Our finalists will be selected, and invited to a ceremony in London on Thursday , November 22. It’s easy to nominate yourself or someone else, simply visit alzheimers.org.uk/ dementia friendlyawards .

Debbie Foster, Alzheimer’s Society operations manager, Norfolk and Suffolk


Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show that the percentage of those aged 65 and over who receive attendance allowance fell by 22.3 per cent in the six years after the coalition came to power in 2010.

Attendance Allowance is not-means-tested and is to help with disability-related daily living costs. It is available to those 65 or over who do not already receive personal independence payment (PIP) or disability living allowance (DLA). Recipients do not have to spend the Allowance on personal care.

Thousands of elderly people who could be entitled to this extra tax free £200 a month do not make a claim, possibly due to the kind of public perception of being scroungers.

If you have ever wondered if you could be entitled to the Allowance now is the time to find out as Benefitanswers are offering a free check to see if you could qualify. If you are OVER 65 and would like further information ring 03302234773 or email info@benefitanswers.co.uk

June Bennett, Benefitanswers

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