Denial smacks of naivety

Margaret Whittaker, in your letters page, makes a rather spirited defence of the accusations of profiteering in The Alnwick Garden and at the same time seems to heavily criticise a London hotel and journey costs in London.

I am not sure what one has to do with the other, but if she paid £28.35 for a glass of red wine and a glass of Champagne, then I’m afraid she probably does not live in the same world as the rest of us north Northumbrians!

I attended the Jubilee party in Bowburn Park with family and friends, thoroughly enjoyed it, but no way was I going to pay £3 for a can of lager.

Until recently, I managed a bar, selling cans of beer and lager, etc, and always managed to make a healthy profit selling the cans at well under £2 – and this included full pint cans. To say there is no profiteering at selling beer/lager at £3 is disingenuous to say the least.

£3 per can represents a very large profit margin. I do not know the internals of the organisation, but did the Castle sell the alcohol or was the franchise sub-contracted? Either way, heating, lighting, rates, tables and chairs and carpets, etc, were not paid for, so all that was required was the buying of stock, then the selling of it.

Margaret Whittaker, and others, are to be applauded for volunteering, but no-one forced them to work for 20 hours, to stand around for seven hours on the night, or use their own vehicles without expenses!

For a charitable organisation to take advantage of its volunteers like so beggars belief and speaks volumes.

Michael Hindmarsh

Prudhoe Street