City Critic Sadly Lacking in Style

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Joan Collins labelled Newcastle upon Tyne as boring.

The Dynasty character herself surfaced during those B movie days of the 1950s. Had she tried in the 1940s I don't believe she'd have been chosen for the chorus line. Sammy Davis Jr was even less complimentary about her than she was about our fair city. You've either got or you haven't got style. Sorry Joan.

MR R SMITH, Nicholson Terrace, Forest Hall.

Give us some winning stars

PLEASE allow me the opportunity to reply to a JP who somehow managed to miss the entire point of my recent letter.

While playing for Newcastle, Alan Shearer has scored more goals than Hughie Gallagher, George Robledo and Len White.

However, as well as scoring an abundance of goals the above players were also successful in that they also brought silverware to Tyneside ( a feat Shearer has yet to achieve! Why even non-prolific centre forwards such as Vic Keeble and Wyn Davies managed to win trophies here.

Disguise the fact if you wish, JP, but by his own standards Alan Shearer is an under-achiever, having failed miserably beneath the twin towers and again at Cardiff. Five times Shearer has played for United at the national arena without success. That's seven and a half hours of football without producing a solitary goal.

The point of my letter being that Jackie Milburn did not fail, this being the reason why people built statues as monuments to his greatness.

STAN HOLLAND, Gibson Street, Newcastle.

Urging caution over treatment

THERE is no dispute that people suffering from ME want and need specialist treatment centres, as in this area.

The controversial questions that remain unanswered are about the kinds of treatment offered in them, by whom, with what training, for which types of patient and at what cost to both the patient's welfare and the economy? …