Christopher Lush (letter, 8 March) is correct in thinking that the removal of iron railings was a form of vandalism, but it was prompted by the best of motives. The encouragement of the civilian population to give up metals was suggested by Lord Beaverbrook (in charge of aircraft production) to Winston Churchill and was intended to make the people think they were contributing to the defence of Britain following the debacle of Dunkirk. It may well have achieved this purpose at the time, but it certainly diminished this country's architectural heritage.
I well remember the heaps of scrap in towns and villages which included pathetic heaps of aluminium cooking utensils that had only a year or so previously been purchased at a sacrifice by working people earning less than pounds 3 a week.
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
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