14 MARCH 1998, Page 32

Unfair to Neville

Sir: I too shall sit out the anniversary waltz (Shared opinion, 7 March). If I didn't I should be a humbug. I was only 16 at the time of Munich, and the public figures who interested me most were Wally Hammond and Don Bradman. But I knew about Hitler, and so, like every adult of my acquaintance, I heaved a huge sigh of relief when Chamberlain came back from Munich waving that bit of paper.

My schoolboy memories are of an adult population that thought almost anything preferable to a repetition of the horrors of 1914-18, and of a prime minister very much in tune with popular feeling in the late 1930s. I can't think of any other in my life- time, with the possible exception of Stanley Baldwin, whom posterity has treated so unfairly as, with the benefit of sanctimo- nious hindsight, it has treated Neville Chamberlain.

P.R. Bonnett

16 Short Close, Downham Market, Norfolk