Brexit won’t help

Let's Talk - - POSTBAG - DAVID M COE Nor­wich, Nor­folk

When I have talked to some older cit­i­zens who voted for Brexit, many told me they had cast their vote be­cause they be­lieved it would bring back the ‘good old days’.

That made me think what were those good old days and do they mean dif­fer­ent things for dif­fer­ent peo­ple who still long for those never to be for­got­ten times?

For me, the truth is although we know we will never be able to bring back those days, they will al­ways be in our thoughts if we re­tain our men­tal well­be­ing.

The mem­o­ries for me are fresh as a daisy be­cause I was young, had no lux­u­ries such as an in­door toi­let, bath­room, hot wa­ter or heat­ing but had good health and had started a steady job and ev­ery morn­ing I had some­thing to look for­ward to.

My mem­o­ries are im­por­tant be­cause to­day many of the places I look back on no longer ex­ist be­cause an ever-in­creas­ing num­ber of the build­ings have com­pletely dis­ap­peared. All the old cin­e­mas are long gone and the many places I went fish­ing which were then as wild as na­ture in­tended, have had much of the habi­tat cleared and now have moor­ings built for boats and houses on the wa­ter’s edge.

An­other ex­am­ple is Gor­leston. My old-time favourite sea­side place with count­less happy mem­o­ries was never the same once they re­placed the cosies with a con­crete pier.

Few peo­ple to­day can re­call clam­ber­ing ev­ery day over the wooden side to get to them and take in their unique smell of salt wa­ter soaked old wood and sea­weed.

While no one can erase th­ese mem­o­ries for me th­ese times will never come back so you must live for to­day and plan for to­mor­row, and ac­cept that Brexit will never bring back those times.

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