Like Michael Swanson's letter commenting on Peter South's apparel (Letters, NCE, 26 April) my attention was also immediately attracted to the cover photograph to which he refers.
Studying it, I imagine some discussion took place on site before the photo was taken.
Peter South looks characteristic of those involved in tunnelling - rugged individualist would not seem an inappropriate description.
I enclose a copy of your front cover from 24 March 1988 that has had pride of place on my office wall for many years. It also shows another individualist - this one ragged.
Note the site boots.
John E Thorpe, Copse Edge, 138 Peperharow Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 2PW