Letter: Portsmouth tops for ugly shops

Sir: There is at least one exaggerated claim in Simon Calder's piece about Manchester ('Manchester versus St Petersburg: like choosing between rain and snow', 22 October). Sam Chippendale may have left Manchester with the longest lavatory wall in Europe - but surely not the ugliest building. As something of an aficionado of shopping centres, I would suggest that Manchester Arndale is a Cindy Crawford of the genre when set alongside the truly repulsive Tricorn shopping centre in Portsmouth - and the Tricorn has the awards to prove it.

Yours, ALAN HALLSWORTH Waterlooville, Hampshire 22 October