A selection of this week’s letters

Published on July 8, 2011

Great show

Sir, – On Friday evening, June 24 “I had the time of my life” at Linlithgow Academy’s school show, Back to the 80s! There is some exceptional muscial talent at Linlithgow Academy right through the school from S1 to S6. The pupils had their own band which as ever played professionally. There were loads of laughs throughout the show, not least for Marc McKinnon who played the class nerd with unfaltering comic perfection with his two sidekicks in tow, and the hilarious “Star Wars” scene acted out to a beautifully sung duet.

All of the principal roles sang and harmonised perfectly. The show was also choreographed by two pupils and their ability, and the young cast’s ability to perform these dance routines, was, in the words of the show’s slogan, “totally awesome”!

The school is really lucky to have such an excellent music department committed to bringing out the best in the pupils, which makes these shows possible.

All in all I came home feeling like I was dancing on the ceiling!

Well done Back to the 80s cast, crew and band, you’re a credit to your school and your town.–Yours etc.,


Bell help

Sir,– Your July 1 edition of the Journal and Gazette reported that the appeals target for the repairs to the bells at St Michael’s Parish Church had been reached through the donation of £1300 from the Friends of St Michael’s. For the sake of clarity and accuracy might I point out that this donation is in addition to the £1000 with which the Friends kick-started the appeal in June 2010, making £2300 in total; over 20 per cent of the sum required.

This is not in any way to detract from the sustained efforts of Tim Brown, whose sheer hard work, tenacity and ingenuity have won the day and ensured that the bells may ring out for many years to come. The town of Linlithgow, and particularly the kirk session and members of St Michael’s should be proud of him. Well done Tim!–Yours etc.,



Friends of St Michael’s.

Joust a minute

Sir,– Jousting season is here again, and once more I cannot sit with any enjoyment in my own garden despite the fine weather, because of the inane relentless bellowing PA from the Peel. I assume that the spectacle itself is so unexciting the audience must be whipped into a state of artificial excitement by being commanded to yell to order, and constantly hectored to enjoy themselves. Or maybe they are screaming because of the damage being done to their eardrums, they being closer than me to the source.

The screaming is at times joined by music. I hoped this would be a pleasant break, but the showpeople only have one tune to play - I would have thought that clearly the Middle Ages were melodically poverty-struck as well as addicted to violence, but the simplistic tune is in fact of 19th century manufacture. I did hear some nice female singing early on, but that went away quickly.

When I retreat to the furthest corner of our house with all windows tightly shut it only sounds like a dog is barking in pain in the distance - just as unpleasant. I do hope the organisers are making lots of money and that some of it goes to the town to compensate us for the aural insult and traffic inconvenience they are engendering.–Yours etc.,


High Street,


Road rage

Sir,– As the race Director of the 10k, I would make the following comments on your article of last week.

The traffic on race day has not changed over the last four years and while the 10k ran at a profit, this is used to offset the negative ongoing costs of the athletics club. £1500 extra expense would have negated all of the profit from last year and the club would either have to pass this on to runners or parents.

The problem we have here is individuals either making decisions without knowledge or without knowing the problems that their decisions would create.

As an example the police were apparently happy to increase the event by an additional 200 runners (33 per cent) and therefore the club would be able to recover the costs.

This in my opinion is absolute madness and made by someone who has no concept of the event. Anyone who has run the event will know that the back of the loch and the run through Lowport to the finish, does not facilitate any additional entrants.

Finally, 61 per cent of finishers came from outwith West Lothian, some of them brought family and some of them spent money in the town. West Lothian businesses benefited from those monies but only because of the 10k.

That’s now lost. The community as a whole loses because of bureaucracy and individuals’ egos.

There is great emphasis by the government about the need to get people of all ages to be active and to participate in sport. This message hasn’t got though to this council.

–Yours etc.,


Race Director.