Don't bet on this Woolies idea

A ROMANTIC family tale says my Spanish grandma was left destitute after her stepfather gambled away their Andalusian orange groves at cards. I've always blamed that background for my own deep distrust of any form of gambling, so I gasped at the suggestion made in a letter to the News last week from one of our regular correspondents, Graham Dunn.

A ROMANTIC family tale says my Spanish grandma was left destitute after her stepfather gambled away their Andalusian orange groves at cards. I've always blamed that background for my own deep distrust of any form of gambling, so I gasped at the suggestion made in a letter to the News last week from one of our regular correspondents, Graham Dunn.

He advocated turning the top storey of North Walsham's empty Woolworths into a 'high-class casino' (a contradiction in terms, surely?).

It would create quite a few jobs, argued Mr Dunn. Well a brothel's quite labour-intensive, too. But, even in these straitened times, I'm not sure that would be a reason for welcoming one to our high street - and I bet you a tenner a casino won't happen.