EXHIBITION: A good use of public space

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The Heritage Open Day weekend is an important local tradition as it gives people the chance to learn more about the history of the town and what needs to be protected and valued.

If not, such heritage can disappear or change, or be subject to a new use.

It was good to attend the John Caffrey exhibition in the Chantry during the heritage event.

Hopefully, the numbers attending would give a subtle hint to those that needed it — that the room is a good location for a small exhibition.

I can’t, however, be neutral on John Caffrey’s work. My late father knew him for many years so I was brought up on stories of his artistic talent, how he could bring birds to life on paper with a few pen or pencil strokes.

Nothing of his work that I have seen over the years would contradict his gift at putting the bird he saw in his eye on paper for the rest of us to appreciate.

l So the introduction of a school uniform policy at King Edward VI School appears not to have produced the dramas other schools have had with people being in trouble for inappropriate footwear or trousers. Hopefully, it means that the planning and consultation was successful, both with the parents and the clothing providers.

Roll on the testing and examination ‘season’ to see if there is a noticeable improvement in results.

Robert Pollard

Northbourne Avenue

Morpeth