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Posted missing on best day of the year

Sir, – Like so many other Bo’nessians, the Fair Day really is to us “The Best Day of the Year”.

Following the crowning ceremony and the presentees dances, the next best thing is the procession, wending its way through the town.

Besides the colourful costumes of the retinue, the delightful fairies and flower girls and the bands in their uniforms, we look forward to the groups or individuals who spend time and money in dressing up and doing their utmost to cheer up the crowds thronging the procession route.

A big thank you to all these supporters of the Fair, this includes the personnel from the decorated floats who seem to surpass themselves every year, and help to make it a happy day for townsfolk and visitors alike.

However this year there was one person missing from her usual place.

This was Mrs Cathy Bugg, synonymous with Blackness Primary School, who for many many years has accompanied the school on Fair Day.

As well as encouraging the pupils from the school she entertained the crowds en-route and encouraged her beloved “bairns” to cheer all the way round.

Cathy you were sadly missed on the day, a comment made by countlesss people throughout the town.

Hope to see you next year. - Yours etc.,

Doris-Anne and Peter Aitken

Bo’ness

Sir, - With reference to Councillor Fitzpatrick’s letter last week re the Springfield head teacher appointment, whilst West Lothian Council may say correct procedures and processes were followed, they have been unable to demonstrate this, despite requests from several sources.

Even if they have been followed and, given the current ‘not proven’ impression, it does not follow they are necessarily correct, fit for purpose, or not subject to continuous improvement from a Council potentially unwilling to learn and adapt.

I and others, remain unimpressed. - Yours etc.

Tom Robison

Parent/Parent Helper.

Sir, – I just had to draw your attention to the unsightly mess around one of the picnic tables on Bo’ness foreshore.

This particular table is on the east side of the peninsula at the west of the shore.

When walking with my nephews on Saturday evening along this route, I noticed a group of teenagers sitting at the table with, alongside, huge logs obviously ready for a fire. Various items of food and drink were on the table.

This morning I passed the same spot to find a large area of blackened grass and burned logs – and all around, bottles and BBQ containers etc.

I felt it was all so disgusting and hope that it might discourage others from doing likewise by writing to you to publicise this.

Nora Leys

Carse Knowe

Linlithgow

Sir, – Please may I, through your letters column, ask the person who allows their dog to foul my front lawn in Carse Knowe to please take responsibility for their pet.

I am sick of clearing up after your animal and its deposits are ruining the grass.

I love dogs but I also love my garden and don’t want my hard work spoiled by your thoughtlessness.

Please control where your dog is fouling and clear up. – Yours etc.,

E M Johnstone

Carse Knowe

Linlithgow

Sir, – I live at Corbiehall and over the past two years I have been in contact with Falkirk Council about the grass at the slope on The Wynd at the war memorial not being cut.

Again this year the grass has only been cut once and the council is now telling me that it can’t be cut as it is a health and safety risk and the workmen will need to be anchored and the road closed.

They seem in no hurry to get it sorted as they will need to do costings etc.

The other option was turning it in to a wildflower bed which won’t be done till September, meaning the grass won’t be cut till then.

The steps at the same slope have been closed off and are now also getting overgrown by the hedges and over -run by weeds. I was hoping a wee story in the paper would maybe shame them into getting this sorted as it is so close to the war memorial. - Yours etc.,

Kris Rose

Bo’ness

Sir, – My name is Johnnie Manckiy and I recently graduated from university with my BA in History.

I am an American but British history is my passion.

I am researching country houses that were used by evacuated schools during the war.

During the war many country houses across the country from Thirlestane Castle and Blair Castle in Scotland to Chatsworth and Castle Howard in England were home to evacuated schools.

I am interested in learning about the experiences of people who lived in Britain’s stately homes during the war.

I am also interested in learning how country houses adapted to their new role as schools.

By researching and recording the memories of people who were evacuated with their schools to different country houses across the country I hope to preserve this important chapter of the history of country houses.

I am looking for anyone who was evacuated with their school to a country house during the war who would like to share their memories with me of that time.

I am interested in any information during this period. Pictures would be appreciated and will be returned. - Yours etc.,

Johnnie Manckiy

2036 Marit Street

Mansfield

Arkansas 72944

USA