From our postbag


Birds are winging it on Tesco’s roof!

Sir, – Following your 2013 short article and photo on the oystercatchers that nested successfully on the roof of Tesco, I’m pleased to report that a pair have taken up residence again this year.

You can see the nest area from the east end of both station platforms and also, with binoculars, from the canal bridge up above. Oystercatcher nests are no more than a shallow ‘scrape’ in gravel or shingle or pebbles so look for the birds themselves – roughly crow-sized with beautifully striking black and white feathers and long, straight orange-red beaks.

Already you can hear the merry piping calls of the adults as they fly their circular courtship flights above Tesco car park and Low Port. If they manage to hatch and fledge chicks, this will be at least the third year in a row that shoppers will be treated to the lovely sight of the young birds following their parents long-leggedly in their foraging of the car park grasses. I’ll certainly be watching.

I didn’t ever receive a response from Tesco to my letter last year, seeking assurances that any future redevelopment of the premises would maintain an area of flat pebbled roof – perfect breeding habitat for birds such as these. I very much hope that it will do so. – Yours etc.,

Leo du Feu,

2 Greenpark Cottages,

Edinburgh Road.

Sir, – The enjoyment that Scottish people gain from visiting France was again evident during Linlithgow Twinning Association’s exchange visit to Guyancourt during the Easter weekend.

Thirty eight people were given a right ‘royal’ welcome by the Comite de Jumelage, beginning with a reception on the Friday evening.

The theme of the weekend was an exploration of different types of national and local gardens.

The first visit was to the King’s vegetable garden at Versailles, a horticultural college and a centre for research into growing methods of fruit trees.

Twinners were entertained by ‘The Royal Court’ of singers and dancers – our French friends dressed up in pre-revolution costumes.

Next, we visited a large garden growing vegetables and fruit.

This garden was set up to provide help for individuals who have come up against difficulties in their lives and need help to get back to work.

The final visit was to an organic garden full of exotic plants and vegetables which the owners had cultivated over 20 years. The Twinners went home with lots of new ideas.

There was, of course, plenty time for laughter, fun and friendship during the weekend while enjoying incomparable French food and wine.

It is now 30 years exactly since the first contacts were made between Linlithgow and Guyancourt secondary schools.

These were soon followed by visits between rugby teams from both towns which continue up to the present.

Annual exchange visits soon got going and have continued since, often involving sports and musical groups.

Twinning is open to all who live in Linlithgow and neighbouring areas. You don’t need to speak French and all will be made very welcome.

For more information contact Allan Macleod on 01506 842594. – Yours etc.,

Allan Macleod,


by email.

Sir, – We started our journey through this special week on Palm Sunday up the Kirkgate, around to the loch and up from the loch swings – up the side of Cabs – past Tesco, along and up the High Street and then back around the lochside and upward, until we continued onward to the top of a hill. And, as the fog lifted, we sang with faces shining “Jesus Christ Is Risen today”!

All the pilgrims together say a huge heartfelt “thank you” to those that led us each day. Bless you all. – Yours etc.,

Patricia Chapman,


Linlithgow Churches Forum.

Sir, – I am saddened to see the way in which the management of Linlithgow Loch’s angling is being portrayed.

Trout anglers from Scotland and beyond have been welcomed and have found the fishing to be of the highest standard.

Mr Paterson has been on about pike fishing in Linlithgow Loch for a number of years. He knows the loch is a trout fishery, being stocked each week, yet his quarry is not a trout but a pike.

Unfortunately, the serving of a ban on Mr Paterson gave him, for the first time, something to use against F.A.F.A. In the April 18 issue of the Journal and Gazette, a Historic Scotland spokesman said that everyone should be able to enjoy the setting and fish for TROUT. I hope Mr Paterson takes note. – Yours etc.,


by email.