Christopher Eccleston: How the Anti-Nazi League changed my life | Brief letters

I was 13 years old when the Anti-Nazi League formed (Letters, 16 August). I’m white and was raised and conditioned in an era of racism. The ANL was a beacon of hope, defiance and beauty. My young eyes saw black, brown and white people standing together in unity. It is perhaps hard to imagine now how inspirational that was. It changed lives and minds. We need it again.
Christopher Eccleston
London

• May we ask the people of Sheffield how they have fared during these long hot summer days without the shade of their lovely, large, old street trees? Update please, Sheffield.
Christine Benson
Ventnor, Isle of Wight

• Lolly sticks are regularly used by teachers (Letters, 16 August). The name of a pupil is written on each stick and the picking of one from a jar determines who is to answer the next question.
Steven Pollard
Pertenhall, Bedfordshire

• My daughter’s guide dog was paid for by money raised by the staff of a Sainsbury’s store (Letters, passim). It gave them the right to name him. The jokers chose Fenton.
John Branfield
Truro, Cornwall

• We had a tabby cat named after a Monty Python character. It was usual at our vets’ surgery to call patients in from the waiting room by combining the animal’s name with the owner’s surname. Hearing other owners cracking up laughing when Dinsdale Seeley was called, we often wished we’d named him George or any “human” name.
Su and Eric Seeley
Martock, Somerset

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