Letters: Mike Larcey, March 29, 2016

Baking legend and much-loved presenter of Great British Bake Off Mary Berry opened the new exhibition at Upton House & Gardens yesterday (Thursday). NNL-150506-163147001
Baking legend and much-loved presenter of Great British Bake Off Mary Berry opened the new exhibition at Upton House & Gardens yesterday (Thursday). NNL-150506-163147001
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I saw a progamme on the BBC in which Mary Berry, the renowned baker and cook, introduced her audience to different cultural varieties of food preparations and celebrations for the Feast of Easter.

The programme was one of a series on the theme of cultural diversity in cooking in the UK. This series demonstrates how rich is British cultural society.

If someone spoke Anglo-Saxon to us, we would not have the foggiest idea of what they were talking about. This is because English is a rich mixture of Scandinavian/Anglo-Saxon, French, Latin, Italian, Greek and Asian languages.

This richness has been contributed by peoples migrating into the British Isles. We have a lot to thank peoples of other nations and cultures for the structures of our society: roads and transport, the NHS and public services, science and art. We forget the considerable contribution of Asians, Afro-Caribbeans, Africans, Chinese in fighting our wars. The point is that the xenophobia of Tories and Ukippers is historically, observationally and theoretically wrong, in fact, people who migrate into the British Isles enrich our culture.

Your correspondent, Mr Holmes (letters, March 18) mentioned Anglo-Saxon. There is no such person.

Genetically, there may be evidence of some Anglo-Saxon in some English, but since even before 1066, there has been a flow of Norse, Danes, Normans, French, Dutch, Jews, Africans intermingling with a group of people who migrated into these isles, the Anglo-Saxons.

Mike Larcey, Downham Market