Unimpressed with youth centre attitude

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I WAS unimpressed by reading, on last week’s front page, the neighbour’s comment after the fire on Calvert Road; “I just suppose it’s a good job no children were hurt.”

Printed after a 78-year old man died in the fire, it highlights one of the things that depresses me most about our culture: people seem unwilling or unable to recognise the value of the elderly, while becoming increasingly youth-centric and child-obsessed.

We will almost all be old one day. The alternative is hardly palatable. Hopefully, the neighbour was pleased that no other people were hurt, regardless of age, and perhaps spared a thought for the dead pensioner they lived so near to.

MIRANDA DEARING

West Hill Road