Letters to the editor


From Friday, January 27, 2012

Fair stunned!

Sir,– I was interested to see my aunt, Bella Nimmo, in the centre of the front row of the photograph in ‘Down Memory Lane’ on Friday, January 20. (Some readers may remember her as Mrs Robin Adair).

The family do not have a copy of this photograph and I cannot supply an exact date. However, my aunt looks to be about seven years of age which would mean that this has been taken on the Fair Day 1908 - possibly a group photograph of the fairies and flowergirls from the Public School.

At that time the Nimmo family lived in what was then known as Forth Place (the terrace opposite Lidl supermarket).

Bella, like her elder sister Nettie (my mother), and younger sister Margaret, began her education at the infant school in South Street.

Older readers will remember this building as the Baptist Church and is now Dalriada Housing. – Yours etc.,

SENGA TROTTER (nee McLeod by e-mail


Sir,– I am glad to note, from the last paragraph of his letter of last week, that Mr Cross agrees that we are all doomed by global warming if China, India etc. cannot be persuaded to reduce their CO2 emissions.

I hope that Mr Cross does not wish to condemn billions in those countries to continued abject poverty while he enjoys the life based on business as usual?

We also agree on the point that saving the planet will be difficult, but the report, to which I referred, indicates that, for example, very simple actions could reduce CO2 emissions from cars by half. So, Mr Cross, there is hope, it is not all gloom.

And it should be noted that China is investing heavily in renewables, as is the U.S., and Scotland is well placed to be up there with the leaders. – Yours etc.,


Friars Brae, Linlithgow

Duck mess

Sir,– Can anyone tell me why Linlithgow Loch has so many geese, ducks and swans on it? It seems disproportionate to me given the size of the loch. I did hear one opinion from another angler that all injured swans in Scotland are released onto Linlithgow Loch to recover and I guess they then stay there since they become well fed from the townsfolk.

As an angler it also disturbs me that all the excrement from the birds is eventually washed into the loch and that leads to a vast increase in the weed growth, making large areas of the loch unfishable in the summer months. SSAFA who run the fishing on the loch aren’t even allowed to cut back the weed. Many anglers can relate that the bottom half of the loch down by The Peel is choked up when the weed is in full growth.

I’m not anti-birds or anything like that but the anglers spend a substantial amount of money to fish the loch, as well as in the town itself, but at times walking from the car park to the fishing hut is quite precarious and dangerous, more so in wet weather.

Dog-owners are frowned upon if they allow their pets to foul on the paths and streets of our towns but nothing appears to be done about the birds other than it’s washed into the loch.–Yours etc.,


by e-mail.


Sir,– With regard to the story in today’s Journal and Gazette (January 20), ‘Crook conning elderly householder of over £1000’ - I think the bank has been very remiss in its dealing with this withdrawal.

Did they make sure the person stowed it away carefully? Did they check that perhaps they had someone with them outside?

Had they but known the fact that a carload of thieves was waiting for the person to come out of the bank, seize the money and quickly drive off!

This could have been checked by the staff member, especially if the elderly person was on their own.

A lesson to be learned by the bank involved.–Yours etc.,