Sir, – I would like to reply to Coun Duff and his comments about the musical talent or otherwise, of buskers (D&S Oct 22)and say that as the district councillor for Leyburn, he should concentrate his energies on the lack of custom in our shops, the decline in tourism this year and lack of short-stay free parking for people who do want to shop.

If Couns Duff and Butler do not wake up, there will be no independent retailers left in Leyburn.

ANDY BROOK Royals of Leyburn.