PUBLISHED: 14:57 24 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:54 20 February 2013
Hello and welcome
Ron McCormick wrote to our letters page this month despairing at a lack of knowledge about Cheshire. He cites an example heard on national radio when a panel of guests admitted they didnt know where Knutsford was until one managed to guess it was somewhere near Manchester.
This is just one example among many of a lack of awareness and Ron is right to raise the issue. We should all be shouting the joys of our wonderful county from the rooftops at every opportunity.
But the problem could be about to get much worse.
Following the east/west split in our council, the Royal Mail has announced plans to remove county names from their address database - a process which could start as soon as 2013. The Royal Mails plan could effectively remove Cheshire from the map and they have justified their proposal by saying the postal service only requires a house number, street name and postcode to deliver a letter.
But surely that isnt the only issue here. Our county name is a part of our heritage and a part of our identity. It is too important to be lost simply because the postie doesnt need to know what county hes in to be able to deliver your mail.
They can delete the county name from their database if they must, but we know the people of Cheshire are rightly proud of their county, as we are to sing its praises every month.
Let me know what you think about the Royal Mail proposal. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or post your views to the address on this page. I look forward to hearing from you.
Have a great month.