NewsMail letter writers and their partners get together for Christmas lunch. From left: Pamela Archer, Austen Whitaker, Fred Archer, Beris Bauer, NewsMail general manager Angus Irwin, Noel Bowman, Betty Lowis, Pat Glassop, NewsMail editor Christina Ongley, Bruce Hustwick and wife Rosalie, and Bernard Barry.
NewsMail letter writers and their partners get together for Christmas lunch. From left: Pamela Archer, Austen Whitaker, Fred Archer, Beris Bauer, NewsMail general manager Angus Irwin, Noel Bowman, Betty Lowis, Pat Glassop, NewsMail editor Christina Ongley, Bruce Hustwick and wife Rosalie, and Bernard Barry. Max Fleet BUNLET

Faceless writers gather

THEY may duel in the letters columns of the NewsMail, but the Christmas spirit was to the fore yesterday when eight of the more prolific contributors attended a lunch in the newspaper's boardroom.

As they mixed and chatted, they all said it was a good opportunity to put faces to the names that appeared so often in the letters section.

Bruce Hustwick said he wrote his first letter to the NewsMail in 1995, in reply to a woman who said her teenage daughter was taking half-hour showers.

"I try to keep away from attacking other people personally," he said.

"I'd rather get something that's topical."

Noel Bowman said the lunch was a great idea.

"Everyone here is community minded and promoting that this is about the community and how to prosper better," he said.

"Although people may disagree with some of the expressions used, the fact is diversity of opinion works for the community."



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