Sporting Glory ( It Has to Be the Falcons

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As I read your vox pop about the current performance of Newcastle United and thus sporting honour for this city, three years come to mind: 1998, The Allied Dunbar Premiership; 2001, The Tetley Bitter Challenge Cup and the Powergen Cup; 2004, Powergen Cup.

All the above were achieved by the Newcastle Falcons, our rugby union team, not to mention that one of our players there kicked us to World Cup glory in 2003.

That is four trophies in eight years. So how many trophies has a certain local football team won in the last 50? If we are looking for sporting excellence, then instead of seeking it at St James' Park, perhaps the place to be is Kingston Park

GRAEME STICKINGS, Newcastle.

If only they could all be like Peter

IN THESE days of spoilt, petulant and overpaid football players it was a pleasure to meet a talented player from not so long ago, who should be a role model for them all.

I was at the Cherryburn Stroke Unit, at Newcastle General Hospital, to see Peter Beardsley (pictured) hand over an exercise machine to the unit. Not only did he hand over the machine with self-deprecating sincerity and charm, he stayed to speak to all the patients and staff, sign autographs and have his photograph taken with individuals and groups, all with a willingness and smile that was as sincere as it was warm.

He is a credit to himself, Newcastle United Football Club and Newcastle city and we could do with a lot more like him.

WILF LAIDLER,

Killingworth.

Hidden danger in our wireless city

REGARDING Wire Aye Man (Chronicle, November 8). I was unaware, though not surprised, that Newcastle has plans well underway for a wireless network operated through city centre lampposts.

Most will happily go along with this ( either using it or ignoring it. Unfortunately, though, it could add to health problems, especially for people who are predisposed to being electro-hypersensitive (estimated by some to be 3% of the population).

No matter what the Government claims about the safety of this technology, there are many scientists who are warning that the recent proliferation of microwave radiation will be followed by an epidemic of ill health. The body responsible for issuing telecommunication safety guidelines , the ICNIRP, states in its literature that those safety guidelines only cover the thermal heating aspect of the technology. …