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A selection from the postbag of October 21, 2011

Time to think

Sir, - This year, November 13 will be the date for the Armistice Service and parade from church to War Memorial in Bo’ness.

The attendance last year was a big improvement from previous years. We would like to see a further increase in numbers this year.

Since the two World Wars we have had several theatres of war. In the latest conflict in Afghanistan the death toll for our brave servicemen has nearly reached 400. These young men and the ones who made the ultimate sacrifice in the past conflicts are the ones we will be remembering at this service.

Some of them served their country for many years; all we are asking is that you give us two hours of your time to attend this service.

It won’t matter if you are an incomer to this country, you will be made welcome as many other countries fought alongside us in these past conflicts.

Kinneil Band will once again lead the parade to the War Memorial. All are welcome to march with us. I failed to get the name and address of the gentleman who saved us at last year’s service by playing the Lone Piper. He told me he would be glad to help out every year.

Mr C. Gilfillan will again be parade commander.

This year the Festival of Remembrance at Falkirk Town Hall will have a distinct Bo’ness flavour as Carriden Band provide the music and the Rev. Albert Bogle will be the service minister.

Just remember ... ‘‘At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them’’.– Yours etc.,

J. B. Bell


Royal British Legion, Bo’ness

Peel plea

Sir, – I see there is a plan to build a bridge at Low Port Centre to give access to the Peel for greater transport access. This in my opinion would be a serious mistake.

There is a great deal of archaeology under The Peel and it would be detrimental to have greater human impact on the site than is the case already. One can clearly see from visual inspection and photographic evidence there is subsidence and wear of the grass areas.

The Peel is part of Linlithgow Palace and both are inseparably linked whatever mercenary and commercial interests are motivated by this proposed bridge construction.

This is a multi-period historic site and a former capital of Scotland where the head of state and government sat and resided. It is far too important a site to be superseded by the interests of this Low Port Centre for its clients.

Every Stewart king who has ever lived at the Palace and ruled Scotland from there would take a dim view of this dodgy building development. It is both naive and foolish to believe that this development is needed.

What the Peel and Palace need is a proper conservation and management plan to rebuild and reenergise the local community and economy through boosting conservation work on the Palace by rebuilding both the east and west sides of the Palace for a start.

This can be done and is well within authorities’ capabilities to do, however due to the political ramifications of doing this it will be very unlikely that they will do this, unfortunately. – Yours etc.,


by e-mail


Sir, – In response to the lady who was offended by my remark about Sydney Devine.

The online question was “what made you feel you are getting old?”

I have no objection to Mr Devine but he does not appeal to my taste. There was no offence intended and I’m sure that he does give his time freely to good causes as do most people in his profession.

The question was light-hearted as was my response and again I apologise for any offence caused by my tongue in cheek remark.–Yours etc.,


by e-mail

Veterans’ aid

Sir, – As a prelude to Remembrance Sunday you may consider it appropriate to remind your readership that organisations such as The Royal British Legion Scotland are here throughout the year to assist veterans in need, particularly at a time when so many of our servicemen and women are in various conflicts situated around the world.

In particular, we offer a free war pensions advisory service which assists veterans to claim a pension or gratuity for injuries or medical conditions that have resulted in disablement and which are attributable to or aggravated by their former military service. Perhaps a little known fact is that you do not have to have served in a war to submit a claim. – Yours etc.,


Pensions, Welfare and

Appeals Officer,

The Royal British Legion Scotland

New Haig House, Edinburgh EH7 4HR

Diet advice

Sir, - There is no doubt that a great many of your readers will suffer from Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

DDT is frequently contacted by people who want advice about their diet. Very often, particularly just after diagnosis, people simply feel they do not have enough information about diet and how it affects their diabetes.

People are often told that they need to eat healthily, lose weight and to stay away from sugary and fatty foods. This particularly applies to people with Type 2 diabetes and can leave them without the information they need.

As one gentleman said “I want to be told what I can eat – not what I can’t.”

People with Type 1 diabetes who were diagnosed before 1986 were taught to count carbohydrates. However, there is now a whole generation of people using insulin and, just as importantly health professionals, who have not been taught about the benefits of counting carbohydrates.

It is for these reasons IDDT has produced a free 20-page booklet ‘Diabetes – Everyday Eating’.

It gives people ideas about everyday, affordable meals and along with a four -week menu plan, will be especially useful to anyone who has been newly diagnosed. It is a stepping stone to learning more about diet and diabetes.

IDDT produces a wide variety of FREE information.

For more information about the work of IDDT or to receive your FREE cope of ‘Diabetes – Everyday Eating’ contact IDDT: - Yours etc.,

Martin Hirst

PR Manager

IDDT, PO Box 294

Northampton NN1 4XS