Editor’s comment: Lindsay Jones highlights our top stories

PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 February 2017


Hospital porter Aldren Tomlinson is delighted to be going back to work. Picture: KEN MEARS

Last week I said I thought it was harsh on hospital porter Aldren Tomlinson to be sacked for a misunderstanding over a £4 bacon and egg sandwich.

I felt a warning should have been sufficient, considering he had an unblemished record, had worked at King George Hospital for 15 years and insisted the canteen staff had agreed he could pay up later.

Our reporter Rosie Fenton interviewed him and he was in tears at the thought of being unemployed.

So I’m pleased to see common sense prevailed and Aldren has been given his job back. Well done, Sodexo.

So, on behalf of Aldren, thank you to all those who supported him – his story found huge sympathy on social media.

Another story which has gone viral on social media is the closure of one of the borough’s most popular pubs.

The Valentine, Gants Hill, shut suddenly on Monday, leaving customers perplexed and upset.

It clearly has a place in the hearts of hundreds of residents past and present.

For years it was a mainstay of the local live music scene, along with The Cauliflower in Seven Kings.

As Parmveer Singh told our reporter, it was somewhere you could chill out with your mates or party the night away.

Jayne Stevens met her fiance there and says The Val had its own community.

For most adults, pubs are a huge part of our social life and yet they are being boarded up with alarming regularity.

Future generations will find their own ways to have fun, but they’ll miss out on the culture of meeting your friends down the pub.

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