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An education

Sir,– The Linlithgow Group of Results UK will be meeting on Tuesday, September 7, at 7.30pm at 26 Friars Brae. The subject will be about achieving the Millennium Development Goal 2 by 2015 - Education for All.

Sixty-one million young people around the world are not receiving education, a third of these are termed ‘disabled’.

But, as the forthcoming Paralympic Games will demonstrate, disabled people are capable of the most amazing things, and should certainly not be excluded from learning.

An educated disabled person can be a productive member of his/her community and work themselves out of their otherwise cycle of poverty.

The guest speaker will be wheelchair racer Ann Wasula Strike from Kenya, who first competed in Athens in 2004 and since then has been an advocate for inclusivity in all things. Come and hear her remarkable story. – Yours etc.,

WILLIAM ROSS

Friars Brae, Linlithgow

Spending spree

Sir, - Early on Saturday morning my son dropped his wallet, full of cards etc, on leaving the Tesco store in Bo’ness.

When he later realised it was missing, and it could not be found at Tesco’s, he had to cancel most of the cards.

On my arrival home that afternoon the wallet had very kindly been put through the letter box. On checking it, all the cards were there, but the cash, over £160, was missing.

He had sold a boat to pay for a wedding he is best man at later in August. I hope whoever took the money had a problem spending it. – Yours etc.,

MARION SANDILANDS

Bo’ness

Flying the flag

Sir,– The London Olympics form a key part of VisitScotland’s Winning Years campaign and, as the national tourism organisation, we are continuing to fly the flag for Scotland as we encourage the industry to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

I sometimes hear questions such as: “What does my bed and breakfast have to do with the Olympic Games?” “How does the Year of Creative Scotland help bring customers to my hotel?” or “How can my outdoor activities firm benefit from the release of Disney-Pixar’s Brave?”

The answer is simple. The door is wide open for tourism businesses all over Scotland to capitalise in the Winning Years.

A quick look at our website - www.visitscotland.org - will reveal just some of the many ways that businesses can make the most of the Winning Years opportunities.

These include a range of free images and logos, as well as suggested itineraries geared at celebrating and promoting Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage.

And summer is the perfect time to encourage people to get out and about.

As the national tourism organisation, we encourage millions of visitors to Scotland, helping to generate billions of pounds for the economy. But, with more than 80 per cent of our visitors coming from the UK, the staycation market is a key part of our activity.

New figures from the Office of National Statistics have shown a six per cent increase in the number of visits to Scotland from within Great Britain from March 2011 to March 2012.

So, with the Olympic Games under way and the Winning Years in full swing, now is the time for Scottish tourism to go for gold. –Yours etc.,

MIKE CANTLAY

Chairman, VisitScotland