Too late for Norris the Rubberman, alas

Lewes bonfire and dogs | Grimsby’s heritage | Nettle soup | Roald Dahl, Churchill and racism | BookTrust | Theresa May’s churchgoing

Wharncliffe Road North in Grimsby’s Kasbah area. Elsewhere in the town, on Pasture Street, Norris the Rubberman used to sell all manner of rubber goods from trawler gloves to nose flutes, according to Rick Hall. Photograph: Alun Bull/Historic England Archive

The reference to “the vanity of the bonfires” (Letters, 5 November) with regard to Lewes bonfire was amusing and apt. But the reality of sitting here with a shaking, terrified dog after enduring hours of sound effects redolent of a war zone is an annual torture for those many Lewesians who do not find this archaic, redundant nightmare any fun at all.
Mary Jackson
Offham, East Sussex

• Grimsby’s Kasbah has been placed on the heritage risk list (Report, 8 November), but it is too late, alas, to save Norris the Rubberman, the Pasture Street shop that sold all manner of rubber goods from trawler gloves to nose flutes (I still have mine) but strangely, for a port, no condoms.
Rick Hall

• Re Paul Evans’ article (Country diary, 7 November), may I remind you of the 19th-century folksong: “We lived upon nettles when nettles was good / and Waterloo porridge was the best of our food.” Waterloo porridge was nettle soup. On few menus now.
Cyril Edwards
Abingdon, Oxfordshire

• If there is a case for not putting Roald Dahl on a coin because of his antisemitism (Report, 7 November), is there one for removing Winston Churchill from the £5 note because of his anti-Arab racism?
Michael Cunningham

• Prescribing books on the NHS is a brilliant idea (Letters, 7 November). In the meantime, you can provide books to young people in need by subscribing as a friend to BookTrust.
Amanda Norrie

• Has Theresa May stopped going to church on Sundays?
Nigel Healey
Aboyne, Aberdeenshire

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