From our postbag


Smashing response

Sir,– We would like to thank everyone who came along to the meeting last week to support the planning application for the Bo’ness Tennis Club.

We were pleased at how much support for the project there is from our Bridgeness Crescent neighbours and we were delighted to receive practical offers of help to develop the project from several Bo’nessians.

We hope to be able to update Journal and Gazette readers on some more positive developments in the near future.

It will indeed be wonderful for Bo’ness youngsters to have somewhere to play and emulate their recent Olympic tennis heroes.

Hopefully the courts at the Bridgeness Miners’ Welfare club will be as busy as they were back in the days that Douglas Sneddon was reminiscing about in his letter last week.

If you would like us to keep you updated in the meantime or you would like to get involved, please ‘like’ us on Facebook or call Arlene on 200329. – Yours etc.,



Bo’ness Tennis Club

Family tree plea

Sir,– Can any of your readers help?

I believe my grandfather was born in either Bo’ness or Linlithgow in 1870.

Marriage certificate states father James Conn, mother Elizabeth Baird (both deceased by 1897).

I can find him in 1891 census (London) 1901 Census (as Colne in Kilmarnock) 1911 Census in Ayrshire but sttill cannot find birth certificate. – Yours etc.,


Work is in hand

Sir,– With reference to a letter in last week’s edition of the Journal & Gazette, from an unnamed pensioner, with regard to the condition of the pavement to the east side of the Health Centre.

The council is carrying out improvements to the residents’ car park at Water Yett and I had previously asked that this section of pavement be inspected due to its condition and being well used by patients attending the Health Centre from the public car park in Water Yett.

I can advise that arrangements are already in place to resurface this 
section of pavement as part of the above works. – Yours etc.,


Linlithgow Ward

West Lothian Council

Power of the Press

Sir, – I wonder if your readers realize just what power a letter to the editor’ has.

Local newspapers right across the country, recently printed a letter from me seeking those who had served in the Royal Navy at the massive shore establishment H.M.S. Collingwood at Fareham in Hampshire and who would like to be reunited with their old shipmates through the H.M.S.Collingwood Association.

Well they came out of the woodwor, which was what was hoped for because I doubt if there is a single village in the UK which has not had someone serve there since it was commissioned in January 1940 and up to the present day.

Any reader who didn’t see my first letter or put it to one side to be dealt with later and would love to ‘swing the lamp’ again can contact me by letter or or on – Yours etc.,


7 Heath Road, Sandown

Isle of Wight PO36 8PG