Letters to the Editor

Poor path

Sir, – I am mobility impaired and use a rollator walking frame and occasionally need to be wheeled in a wheelchair by my carer.

When attending a doctor’s appointment at the Linlithgow Surgery, I am unable to safely negotiate the pathway on the east side of the surgery building from the car park, as the footpath is in a poor state of repair and too eneven.

The slabbed walkway on the west side of the building is also uneven, and a trip hazard, due to tree roots gradually lifting the slabs.

I think that, if either of these is owned and maintained by the Council, then a great number of residents in Linlithgow would benefit from money being spent in these areas as the surgery is a very busy place. – Yours etc.,



Tennis revival

Sir, – It was with a mixture of pleasure and nostalgia that I read the front page of your issue of August 17.

Pleasure, because, at last, it would appear that something is being done to resurrect the tennis courts at Bridgeness and nostalgia when one thinks back to the wonderful days when you had to wait in turn to have a game there - so great were the number of people who wanted to play.

Before the war, Bridgeness played in the Central District League, with a reputation which was feared from Stirling to Philpstoun, and the first team pairing of Tom Forbes and Archie Cuthell was a winning combination.

Tom was not only the Central District champion but good enough to get to the semi-final of the Scottish Championship, then held at Peebles Hydro.

After the war, names that spring to mind are Bobby Gibb, George Smith and Tom Cameron and in the ladies’ section Cis Potter ruled the roost.

Many pleasant hours were indeed spent at Bridgeness, and there was also the friendly copetition which eminated from Bo’ness Tennis club situated at Grange Terrace. Sadly, it also died a death.

There was a lot of tennis played in Bo’ness before and after the war, and who knows what the future could bring if the revival at Bridgeness is as successful as I wish it to be. A local Andy Murray or Laura Robson perhaps? – Yours etc.,


by e-mail

Life’s a beach

Sir, - Thanks to all of you who made our first beach clean in May at Society Point, South Queensferry, an all-round success.

Time has flown by and the estuary and coastline there is due another survey and spruce up and I was hoping I could count on your readers’ help once more!

This time we wouldn’t be alone as the event would fall on our Beach Watch Big Weekend which is the UK’s only national beach clean and survey which last year saw over 350 beaches cleaned and 6000 volunteers take part in just 48 hours.

The event will be starting at 10am on Saturday, September 15, and the meeting point and instructions remain the same. The link to register can be found here: www.eventelephant.com/ferrybeachclean2

Please forward this to as many friends and family in the area as you can as we are hoping to make this clean bigger and better than before!

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me. I hope to see you there. - Yours etc.,

Matt Barnes

Sea Champions Co-ordinator Scotland

Marine Conservation Society