Letter: Northern lights?

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Sir: It was good of Michael Lockett to summarise so succinctly the whole millennium farce ("Millennium `river of fire' will be visible from space", 27 July) when he said the event "will be ... like nothing Londoners have ever seen before."

We will doubtless never find out who justified such spending in one place, nor who authorised it, while being certain that they will find it good local entertainment. Could I merely ask that he use just half the fireworks on the understanding that I will do my best to use the savings by sharing them round appropriate celebrations in, say, Harrogate, Keswick and Whitby?

D J NEWMAN

Felliscliffe, North Yorkshire

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