LETTERS: Our future’s in very good hands!

I attended Dewsbury Town Hall last month for the celebration of young people’s achievements.

What a night! The two hours of entertainment began with the Fieldhead dance group and a wonderful young piano player who played rock n roll music such as Great Balls of Fire.

There was a serious side too as young people expressed their views on votes for 16-year-olds, peace and unity against inequality and for tackling homophobia in schools.

I was there with Coun Simon Alvy to show our support for the Spen Valley young leaders group who came together in March 2013 from estates all over Spen including Windy Bank, Firthcliffe, Dale Lane and Heckmondwike.

They won two awards at this year’s British youth ceremony for their work in the community.

A special mention to my neighbour Amy Curtis who is a member of the group and the Firthcliffe Tenants and Residents Association. She has fought cancer over the past 12 months and is such a fighter with a social conscience. 
Amy sang a duet of the beautiful Bill Withers song Lean on Me.
Thanks to everyone who organised the event, with these young people the future is in good hands.

John Appleyard

Firthcliffe Parade, Liversedge