SIR - In response to the views of Helen Mead on school dinners (T&A January 19), I must have been more fortunate!

As a primary school headteacher, when I had my school dinner I shared a table with some children. Never did I give a negative expression as I tasted food and I always left an empty plate.

That was remarkable, considering my dinner ladies always gave me special sized portions. That was great when it came to the Manchester Tart pudding!

Allan Mirfield, Grange Road, Eldwick