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OLD RIVALRY: An Ipswich Town fan takes exception to Across The Border’s Norwich City columnist’s description of his team
OLD RIVALRY: An Ipswich Town fan takes exception to Across The Border’s Norwich City columnist’s description of his team

Dear Norwich City “Across The Border” journalist.

Having read your article (BFP Sports Pages, August 31), I thought I had better respond to the last piece, which referred to Ipswich Town as being, in your word, the second-best team in East Anglia. Being a Town fan, reading that got my blood boiling as, unlike your dear self, I know very differently from that. With respect, you can’t help your age, and looking at your photo in the Bury Free Press I would say you are only a spring chicken at best! Not your fault, but unlike you, I go back quite a few years with my Ipswich knowledge; hence, a few statistics to give you some idea of the past and present. I do totally accept that over the last few years you have had the upper hand, results tell us all that indeed. But history is history, so here we go with the total Ipswich v. Norwich professional stats, between September 7, 1946, and September 6, 2018. Ipswich Town’s record in matches versus Norwich City: Won 43, drawn 22, lost 41.

We all hear about the other year when Norwich put five past us. Yes, they did – but here are a few stats the other side might want to digest: Ipswich have put five past Norwich on four occasions. Here’s the list: Five past them four times, five past use once; four past them five times, four past us twice; three past them nine times, three past us six times ... enough said.

European records show that for 45 years Ipswich Town held the longest unbeaten home record in all European competitions until Everton beat it in 2007.

A comparison in Europe between the two clubs:


Ipswich Town 62 36 12 14 120 61

Norwich City 6 2 2 2 6 4

In Norwich’s defence, they missed three seasons due to the Heysel Stadium disaster 85-86, and the ban still being in place 87-88 and 89-90, but there is still no comparison with Ipswich Town’s fine record in Europe, though.

Second best team in Anglia? I don’t think so. Not to mention our three major titles – as opposed to two League Cups – one of which was against Rochdale over two legs.

Colin Plumb

Great Whelnetham


Whilst the CQC have written a very damning report about Focus 12, it is not an interpretation that

we recognise in relation to how the charity actually operated and the results it has achieved over a long period. Focus 12 closed due to its long-term financial position, not because of the CQC visit and

the subsequent report.

Whilst there are certainly elements in the report that needed addressing, there are a number of factually incorrect statements within it. Had we not already taken the decision to close for purely commercial reasons, we would officially protest the contents of this report and the way it has been

handled robustly.

For many good reasons the CQC have rigid guidelines to work to, but contrary to what we understand as offering care and support to improve, they follow a punitive and borderline aggressive

approach which does nothing to help the outcomes that Focus 12 and other organisations like us are

set up to achieve.

As such, it is an extremely unfair reflection of the hard work and commitment that has gone into running Focus 12, and it saddens us that the nature in which this report has been presented could

overshadow the fact that over a 20 year period, hundreds of people have passed through Focus’ doors, and continue to lead fulfilling lives in recovery with their friends and families as a result.

As anybody in the care sector should, we appreciate and welcome the work the CQC were set up to do. However, at a time when services provided by charities such as Focus 12 are required like never before, it is disappointing to see the Government’s approach to recovery seems to focus primarily on regulating at the expense of supporting in a genuinely meaningful way.

Henry Chevallier Guild

Trustee, Focus 12

Bury St Edmunds


I was pleased to have been able to respond to Mr Pilling by letter and, further to his

comments (Readers’ Views, September 7), contacted him directly about his concerns.

It is the case that it is not always possible to respond immediately. I am honest in my email response about the challenges and what this means for you as a constituent.

However, I know that our most urgent and vulnerable cases or those that get to the heart of local concerns, receive the highest priority and my fullest attention. In spite of this digital age, I still believe making myself accessible – whether through surgery appointments, village visits or even just being a visible presence in our towns – is

the best means of working with residents.

Nevertheless, from this exchange it is my hope to avert those who may feel dissuaded

in contacting me as their Member of Parliament from doing so.

Jo Churchill MP, Bury St Edmunds


02072 198487

01284 752311


Back in January of this year I was searching for an elusive gentleman called Drummond at the behest of a former consultant colleague at the West Suffolk Hospital, Dr Paul Siklos. In 1956, the old West Suffolk General Hospital built a staff sports and social centre off Mill Road known as Drummond Hall. It stayed there until the late 1970s, when it was closed and the site sold off for redevelopment. This permitted a new Drummond Centre to be built on the Hardwick Lane site in the early 80’s which eventually closed due to lack of use and was converted into a splendid new education centre in 2001 to facilitate a new graduate entry medical education course linked to University of Cambridge. But the Drummond name was not carried forward. Having no luck with the Suffolk Record Office, I wrote to the BFP asking if any of your readers could throw any light on Mr Drummond. With the assistance of the editorial staff, I was delighted to be contacted by three members of the Drummond family, together by an amateur genealogist from Diss. With their help, the pieces of the jigsaw were then able to be put together.

Robert Drummond (pictured) was a farmer from Coney Weston of Scottish heritage who moved to the area from Cumberland. Very community minded, he was active in many ways as a councillor and magistrate. Having no children, he gave £11,000 to the hospital in his will of 1942. This is worth £250,000 in today’s money and passed to the hospital on the death of his wife, Mary, in 1950. This generous bequest was used to build the social and sports centre for staff which was named Drummond Hall in acknowledgement of his gift.

At a ceremony last week at West Suffolk Hospital, there was a formal renaming ceremony of the now-to-be-known Drummond Education Centre – attended by the chair and chief executive and senior staff. Most importantly, six members of the Drummond family were also there, delighted at the re-establishment of the link with “Uncle Bob’s” original act of generosity. One even came from as far as Cornwall to be there. They presented a fob watch belonging to Bob Drummond into the Hospital’s safekeeping. None of this would have happened without the help of our estimable local paper – so thank you, Bury Free Press.

Bob Jones

Former CEO

West Suffolk Hospital


The misleadingly benign name “People’s Vote” should be seen for what it really is – a cynical attack on democracy by those whose only aim is to reverse the result of the actual people’s vote, the 2016 Referendum. This is clear from the wording of the proposed questions for the People’s Vote which aim to split the Leave vote in two, making a Remain win inevitable.

Never before in UK history has there been an attempt to overturn the result of a democratically-held referendum. The results for the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and Scottish independence were all accepted by everyone, regardless of how they voted.

But in the case of the EU Referendum, a vocal section of Remain voters seem incapable of accepting the reality of the vote. They try to justify this attack on democracy by asserting that the majority who voted Leave did not understand what they were voting for! How dare they dismiss the rational decision of 17.4 million people in this way? They also argue that we did not know how “complicated” it was going to be. Yet I and all the other Leave voters I know were fully aware that this would be a huge challenge but an exciting one which, despite likely transitional discomforts, would lead the UK into a far better independent future free of the shackles of the EU. It has come to appear “complicated” only because our Government has been so weak in its negotiations and the EU negotiators have knocked back every proposal the UK has put forward.

The Government said, in the Referendum leaflet which was sent to every household at taxpayers’ expense, that, if the vote was to leave the EU, we would leave. Anyone who believes in democracy would accept this, regardless of how they voted.

Julie Pierce

via email


On September 6 I came across an accident at the roundabout in Westgate Street. I must congratulate the gentleman in charge of the redirection of the traffic. It was a superb operation performed with precision, thus keeping the traffic flowing freely. Well done.

Shirley Pattle

via email


How right reader Sheila Rogers is that the town is in decline (Readers’ Views, September 7). It has been for some time; I know the council is strapped for cash.

We have a generation who don’t care how the town looks, as long as they have their takeaways, fast foods and their mobile phones.

I recently visited Germany. They take a pride in looking after their towns... I didn’t see a trace of cigarette butts or litter.


Bury St Edmunds

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