Newton lights are the pollution issue


Sir, – The data is already out of date - the bulk of the on-site lorries to both north and south sides of the bridge approach works are over , and companies like the Malcolm Group have re-routed via the motorway.

The big problem now is the Newton traffic lights which stop the traffic when there are no vehicles coming out of Duddingston Crescent .This causes more air pollution, noise pollution to surrounding properties, wasted fuel, and frustration! – Yours etc.,

J R Mcivor


Sir, – I read with great interest the article about Bill Hall’s family on ‘‘Bill’s ancestral link’’ in this week’s Journal and Gazette but was surprised to see one of my ancestors in Bill’s family line.

My great-grandfather was Thomas Tait, brother of John Tait, who married Jennet Clark. John and Jennet’s son was called Archie and became a mounted policeman in Edinburgh.

I met Archie Tait and his wife Margaret (Meg) as a child and often visited them in Edinburgh. This may be of interest to Bill. – Yours etc.,

Gloria Fleming (Tait)

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Sir, – When browsing the Gazette online in Blenheim, New Zealand, I was intrigued to read about Trudy Roy and her work with signals during WW2 and pleased to hear of her work being belatedly recognised by the UK government and congratulate her on that.

It may interest your readers that another woman born in Bo’ness in 1922 named Cecilia M. Young did the same work at the wireless service in London unscrambling high speed Morse Code from German intelligence traffic and feeding the results to both the War Office operations located in the Houses of Parliament and some information to Bletchley Park.

Like Trudy she was initially trained in Fife in the early 1940s. After working as a secretary at Ainslie’s Garage and then with the Bo’ness Burgh Chambers, she joined the wireless service.

As a family we did not know where or what she was doing until I, her brother, then serving with the Royal Engineers met her by chance in Regent Street, London. She

took me to her unit where I was allowed to pass into only two high security sections of others and observed the high speed Morse unscrambling machines which I think, from memory, were called undulators.

She was one of those unsung heroines and heroes who were not until now recognised because of secret classification information release prohibition, covering decades.

Cis married Jimmy Wood who was a policeman in Bo’ness and passed away while resident in Bathgate some years ago but, like Trudy, should be remembered fondly for their quiet vital service during serious times in Britain.

It is an honour for me in New Zealand to be able to pass the above information to Bo’ness for friends who may still survive from that era. – Yours etc.,

Andrew Young

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Sir, – Cycling challenge the Ride 100 will take place in the Trossachs this summer and children’s charity Action Medical Research is calling for riders to sign up now for the event on Sunday, June 15.

There is a choice of routes, Cool (34 miles), Classic (75 miles) and Champion (106 miles) setting out from Stirling High School.

The routes take in an area of outstanding beauty with mountains and forests making this ride such a pleasure.

This event is part of the charity’s popular Ride 100 series of one-day bike rides that take place in fantastic cycling locations across the UK. All include chip timing, food and water stations, lunch, marshals and mechanics.

Cyclists participating in the Trossachs Ton will be raising money to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children.

Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952.

The charity is currently supporting work around Down syndrome, epilepsy, sickle cell disease and diabetes as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

Among the research the charity is funding is a study at the University of Glasgow and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children. This is aiming to developing a stent for tracheal deformities in children.

Places are limited so make sure you register soon.

For more information visit the website – Yours 

Janet Balcombe,

Action Medical Research Scotland

Sir, – People who are considering contributing to the British Heart Foundation’s upcoming fundraising day deserve to know their kind donations could be used to fund vivisection. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) funds research on animals, and the victims of this have included dogs, pigs and goats. Animal research offers little hope of advancing medical progress, since fundamental differences between species mean that the results cannot be reliably applied to humans.

There are numerous non-animal methods of conducting research into heart disease.

The BHF needs to focus solely on such techniques which - unlike animal experiments - are directly relevant to humans. For information visit or contact Animal Aid (01732 364 546 or

Isobel Hutchinson

Campaigner, Animal Aid

Tonbridge, Kent