LETTER: My husband and I

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From Ms Helen Dalton

Sir: No, Mr Castle (Letters, 11August), it is not just the sons and daughters of vicars who suffer from being labelled as such. I clearly remember, some years ago, being introduced as "the wife of Dr HPW's new junior partner". Neither my husband nor I were accorded the courtesy of names.

We have now lived in our village for more than 13 years and it is becoming less common, though not unknown, to be referred to without even a name as Dr Dalton's wife.

However, times have changed, as my husband is occasionally referred to as being Helen Dalton's husband. This is, I assume, equality and acceptance into village life.

Yours faithfully,

Helen Dalton

Datchet,

Berkshire

11 August

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