WITH reference to York Minster becoming the first building in the UK to install new state of the art protective glazing to protect it from the elements, is it a coincidence or an act of God that this protective system is manufactured in Germany?

Considering as a young lad during the Second World War, ensconced in an Anderson shelter in Acomb, during German air raids on the city to provide protection, for an icon to many York residents, stranger than fiction is the operative word.

However, York Minster during those years was designated as a landmark to guide enemy aircraft to their intended targets, the railway network, and if my memory serves me correctly, valuable stained glass was removed until hostilities ceased.

Kenneth Bowker, Vesper Walk, Huntington, York.