Letters: Two formidable women must now show they can plan for a fairer, more prosperous Britain

SIR – How nice to see Kenneth Hutchings, cricketer from Kent and England, in Simon Heffer’s article on cricketers who died in the First World War.

Lt Hutchings was my father’s acting company commander at King’s Liverpool Reg in the Somme and they played a few games together when they weren’t in the action. Hutchings was one of my father’s true heroes, not only as a cricketer but as an officer and gentleman, and it was perhaps no surprise that on my arrival in 1924 I was named after the great man.

ken thomas
Stockport, Cheshire

SIR – Simon Heffer’s father was born in 1898 and fought in the Somme. This leads me to wonder if anyone still lives today with a grandparent who was born in the 18th century.

Imagine a man born in 1799. He could, like Mr. Heffer’s father, have had a child – it would have to be a boy – at a late age of about 65, which means the son would be born around 1864. So the son has a boy late in life, also at 65, so the grandson would be born around 1929. Is that imaginative?

John Frost
Guildford, Surrey

vaccines for dogs

SIR – I was very concerned to read about the side effects experienced by many dogs that receive a leptospirosis vaccine.

My 10 year old Yorkie was vaccinated last week and the following night he was clearly unwell. She was tense, breathing shallowly, and didn’t answer her name. In the morning she was unsteady on her feet and could not climb the stairs.

The vet prescribed Metacam and although she is doing better she is still very needy. I was not informed of possible side effects and would never have consented to the vaccine if I had known this beforehand.

Sylvia Scott
Freuchie, Fife

Heath’s triad

SIR – Michael McManus hints that Britain’s exit from the EU will spell the end of Edward Heath’s legacy.

no Heath has done three seemingly insignificant things that have actually been of great benefit to ordinary people. First, he made New Year’s Day a public holiday in England and Wales. Second, he abolished the petty regulations about night-time parking lights that were so annoying to many people in small towns. Third, he abolished price maintenance.

These things remain the merit of a person who, while not the greatest politician, was a decent man.

Michael Gorman
Guildford, Surrey

Blooms beautifully

SIR – I was surprised to read of the lack of wild roses in East Sussex (Letters, July 3).

During June I made two round trips by car from East Yorkshire to Essex and repeatedly remarked to my companion that the wild roses were blooming all the way more profusely than I can ever remember: a lovely sight.

Ann Lawson Lucas
Beverly, East Yorkshire

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