MY LINCOLN: We need to tell world about our Roman past
Making more of Lincoln’s Roman heritage and extending the hand of friendship could help make the city an even better place, according to the latest two Echo readers to have their say in the weekly My Lincoln column. To share your views, answer the questions below and e-mail paul.whitelam@ lincolnshireecho.co.uk
Mick Duffield, 69, of Brant Road, Waddington, is a trustee and organiser of Lincoln Community Larder. we have pix
What brings you to Lincoln? I was born in Scunthorpe when it was still part of real Lincolnshire and spent most of my working life down south. I was an IT specialist for Xerox.
I had always wanted to move back north when I retired.
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If you had to describe Lincoln in three words, what would they be? Lovely little place.
Where is your favourite tourist spot in the city, aside from the cathedral? The Brayford. It’s the boats, the swans and the views.
If there was one thing you could change about the city, what would it be? I would have the council do more with the history of the place. There’s not much signposting for the huge amount of stuff the Romans left behind.
Tell us what you think is Lincoln’s best kept secret? The bit of Roman wall underneath City Hall.
What’s your ideal night out in the city? I sing with Lincoln Chorale cor and we perform in churches and places like that.
How would you change Lincoln in the next ten years? It would be good to get traffic really moving.
Do you watch or follow any of Lincoln’s sports teams? The only sports I watch are snooker and bowls.
If you could give £20,000 to any city or charity project, which would you choose and why? The community larder. Even in an apparently affluent place like Lincoln there’s hidden poverty. It seems to be that the people who are less well off tend to get drawn into cities. But the roads are not paved with gold.
How can we best encourage Lincoln’s many different communities to get along better? I reckon a lot of the problems exist because people watch far too much television or sit there playing computer games. When I was young we would be out pretty much from dawn until dusk. I think people are a little more insular these days. You get a couple of paedophiles, parents get frightened and then all the community is scared to come out.
Brian Woodhouse, 75, from Bracebridge Heath, is an entertainer who has raised more than £3,000 for the British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association since 2009.
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What brings you to Lincoln? I was a baker and confectioner in Hull for 30 years. My son was into hi-fi gear and we sold the business in Hull and opened Sound Experience in Lincoln’s High Street in 1989. It went down in the 1993 recession.
If you had to describe Lincoln in three words, what would they be? A nice place.
Where is your favourite tourist spot in the city, aside from the cathedral? I like Hartsholme Country Park. I like taking the dog down there.
If there was one thing you could change about the city, what would it be? Probably the thing which annoys me most is that you have to pay for disabled parking, so I would make it completely free.
Tell us what you think is Lincoln’s best kept secret? The character of its people. People are welcoming and very friendly. This place has the edge of where I came from.
What’s your ideal night out in the city? We tend to have a meal and drinks in a pub when the family come round. We like the Homestead and the Bull in the village.
How would you change Lincoln in the next ten years? Something has to be done about the railway crossing barriers. Apart from the amount of time they are down for, if they get stuck it’s a serious problem.
Do you watch or follow any of Lincoln’s sports teams? I like football but I just watch sport on the telly.
If you could give £20,000 to any city or charity project, which would you choose and why? British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association (Blesma). I lost my left leg just below the knee in 2004. I was in a motorcycle crash in 2001 and I wouldn’t heal properly due to a fracture from a bike accident in 1959 while I was doing my National Service in the Army Catering Corps. Blesma helped me get my life back on track and I know they really do make a difference to lots of people’s lives.
How can we best encourage Lincoln’s many different communities to get along better? It’s about being friendly and helping and supporting people.