No appreciation for history
Your correspondents Alan Richards and Stan Langthorpe (Mail, January 18) are quite right in their failure to understand the wholly inexplicable attitudes of both Hull City and East Riding councils in their apparent total lack of appreciation of the historical merits of Hull and Beverley.
In the case of Hull, it is undoubtedly true that the refusal of its citizens in April 1642 to allow the King access to this invaluable fortress with its huge munitions and a place commanding the approaches to the Ouse and the Trent (and hence the whole of middle England) proved to be the pivotal act in the commencement of the English Civil War.
Would any other city in its right mind fail to recognise an event of such momentous importance in our country's history, not to mention our good fortune, by not utilising the site of the Beverley Gate?
In creating it in the first place, the city council is to be commended but did they ever have a proper plan in place for its subsequent use as a living monument?
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The case of Beverley's stone setts is yet a further instance of an attempt to destroy the essential character of the town centre in one of Yorkshire's most beautiful towns.
Indeed, it appears from the media, it has become an issue of almost national importance.
People from far and wide are appalled at such an act of vandalism which will, if carried out, grate against the rest of the centre and be to the detriment of the town itself.
Grout the setts by all means and, where necessary, uplift and re-lay, but leave it for what it is, and what most people expect.
After all it is not unlike any other English or continental market town, so why change its essential character to its potential detriment?