From our postbag

A selection of letters from this week's correspondence
A selection of letters from this week's correspondence

Pop festival shows ‘real initiative’

Sir, – What a brilliant idea (Linlithgow pop festival, January 17 edition) some real initiative at last!

We’ll have it on the agenda at our next High Street Trader’s meeting and

look forward to a great weekend in the summer. – Yours etc.,

Jill and Derek Pattle


Sir, – Further to your picture (Nostagia page, January 10 edition) it is a picture of the Bo’ness Children’s Fair retinue of 1951 at which Margaret Henderson was the Queen.

I was a bower girl and my sister, Jessie, a flower girl.

The crowning and procession were postponed for one hour due to very wet weather.

Former fair queens were also involved in the event and also in 1951 Grange School won the county school sports netball.

What a fantastic year for Grange School and I still have a medal for the netball event. – Yours etc.,

Jean Clydesdale



Sir, – Older people’s charity Royal Voluntary Service has conducted new research which shows that more than one million people over the age of 65 say that Sunday is the loneliest day of the week.

The research is released as we launch the Big Sunday Lunch, a campaign supported by culinary legends Albert Roux and Michel Roux Jnr, running from February 7-9 encouraging members of the public to host a meal and invite along older friends, family or neighbours to raise money to help older people in their community. – Yours etc.,

Margaret Paterson

Head of Operations for Royal
Voluntary Service in Scotland

Sir, – As we all struggle to maintain our new year’s resolutions to get fit in 2014, I thought I’d share news of a fantastic event being organised for the RAF Benevolent Fund. The ‘‘maRAFon’’ will see elderly, injured and disabled RAF veterans and their families, friends and supporters, including myself, running, walking or rolling their own distance, to be collected into a single grand total over the Easter weekend April 1821).

If like me you watch the London Marathon every year and think ‘‘that looks amazing’’ but aren’t as fit as you’d like to be, the maRAFon is for you. You can do it wherever you like, however you like – in groups, or individually, on a treadmill, on the way to work, or in the park. It’s a great way for young and old, disabled and able-bodied, fit and unfit to come together and have fun while raising money to support those who give, or have given, service to this country.

Grab your sports bag and sign up at
marafon – Yours etc.,

Sir Terry Wogan

Sir, – With the start of 2014, many people will be making their New Year resolutions and planning to make a difference, either for themselves or for others.

Whatever the reason – be it getting fit, participating in a sporting event, signing-up for a once-in-a-lifetime challenge, or taking up voluntary work, The Children’s Trust would love to hear from you.

We need you to help us make a difference to the lives of children with a brain injury.

The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury, is celebrating its 30th anniversary and is hoping, with the help from the public, to make it a memorable and successful year.

The Children’s Trust has lots of fundraising activities taking place during the year – some at national level: National Doughnut Week and Humphrey’s Pyjama Week – as well as many regional and local activities organised by our supporter groups.

We have available places in many famous running events – including full and half marathons - and would love to hear from runners who would like to represent the Trust in the Virgin Money London Marathon, the Great North Run, the Great South Run or Brighton Marathon.

For cycling enthusiasts, this year’s Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 will be taking place on August 10, so please contact us if you would like to part.

If you would to enjoy some great entertainment for all the family, whilst helping to raise money for the Trust, the Supercar event will be returning on June 21 and 22.

For more ideas on how you can support The Children’s Trust visit www.the, email or phone 01737 365020. Please consider supporting The Children’s Trust this year to help make a difference to the lives of some very special children. – Yours etc.,

Phil Tufnell

Vice-president of The Children’s Trust