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Set fair for the poppy parade

Sir, – This will be a very special Remembrance Sunday service at the war memorial and Old Parish Church in Bo’ness for many local residents.

I have spoken to members of several families who say they would like to lay a personal tribute to their loved ones, maybe a bouquet of flowers.

This would be a proud moment for all of them and, after the wreath-laying by the organisations, time will be allocated for members of the public to lay their personal tributes.There will be another small change to the proceedings.Instead of the parade falling out at the war memorial, it will march back to the church and fall out there.

Many of those attending the war memorial service parade walk back the church anyway to return to their cars. I would also like to point out to the youth organisations that the rehearsal for the church service will be today (Friday) at 6pm. Some of your readers might also like to know that the small problem that we had with regard to the branch standards of the Bo’ness branch of the British Legion has now been resolved as local organisations have loaned us standards for the parade for which the organisers offer their thanks.
Once again, everything is set for the annual Remembrance Sunday parade in Bo’ness and all we require now is some reasonable weather on the day.
I hope to see many of you there. – Yours etc.,

JOHN BELL

Jessfield Place, Bo’ness

Bag pack success

Sir, – I would like to give my sincere thanks to all the customers who supported our bag pack at Sainsbury’s last Saturday. We raised a grand total of £432!

Can I also say a particular thank you to the mystery lady who was exceptionally kind in donating a large sum of money from her sponsored slim. We were touched by your generosity. It is through events like this that we can ensure the future of our wonderful playgroup. – Yours etc.,

Kirsten Lamb

Lochside playgroup

Good shopping experience

Sir,-We were surprised by the front page coverage you gave to an individual’s complaint concerning the Fone Republic shop in the Linlithgow Gazette (October 31). Our experience with it was very different to that which you reported.

On the recommendation of friends, we took our computer to be repaired there a few months ago and were very pleased with the courteous, efficient and prompt service we received.

Without knowing the full details of what took place, it is impossible to form a judgement on the incident you reported. However, the shops on the High Street make a very important contribution to Linlithgow and will only continue to do so with support from the local community. – Yours etc,

Kirsty and Nicholas 
Leonard

By email

Disappointment over ‘bias’

I read with great disappointment your article on the front page of the Linlithgow Gazette this weekend.

I think the reporting about the shop ‘Fone Republic’ was biased and unfair.

Several members of my family regularly use this shop and all of us have found the owner to be helpful, courteous and knowledgeable.

I therefore believe that your article was one-sided and unfair.

With the number of empty shops on the High Street, I would have thought that support for our local businesses would have been a more useful line to take. – Yours etc.,

Anna Pink

By email

Rose reputation blossoms

Sir, – Saturday was a momentous day for Linlithgow Rose when we played Raith Rovers in the third round of the William Hill Scottish Cup at Prestonfield and, although losing, it was a very special day.

Our boys were a credit to the club, the town and junior football and I hope we have many more days like this in the future.

On behalf of the players, management and committee can I thank every one who made their way to Prestonfield on Saturday for making it a quite remarkable day?

Over 2350 fans had a carnival without a hint of trouble, due in no small way to the work that had gone on before to make this day so special for all of us.

Grateful thanks to Doctor Ed Napier, the British Red Cross, the stewards, the police, tea hut girls, Friends of the Rose for selling the programmes, Anne and Louise in the hospitality suite, Billy and Jim Harris from our main sponsors ACL and Steven Cairns from our other main sponsor MV Commercial, the many volunteers, the Raith 
Rovers directors and supporters and, of course, our supporters who made the day one which will be remembered for a long time. I hope I haven’t missed any one but, if I have, sincere apologies.

We have received emails, letters and phone calls from far and wide - all loud in their praise of this club. Long may we continue to have days like this which brings out the best in our ancient Burgh. – Yours etc.,

Les Donaldson

Linlithgow Rose FC