There’s plenty to choose from when it comes to leisure time opportunities

Shop Local, Eat Local, Play Local is the theme of this promotion as we flag up the positive in our local communities.

We’ve already urged readers to Shop Local and, last week, we highlighted one of the most popular attractions in the area, the Bo’ness and Kinneil steam railway, which is gearing up for the new tourist season.

But there are a host of alternatives when it comes to acting on the ‘‘Play Local’’ slogan.

One of the prime local sources of fresh air fun is Linlithgow’s Low Port Centre, which provides a host of opportunities for young people through its programme of canoeing, sailing and indoor climbing.

The instructors also take their young charges to Beecraigs Country Park for team-building exercises.

Beecraigs is, in fact, another under-appreciated feature in West Lothian, with a host of activities available including excellent trout fishing and rambling – the ascent of Cockleroy is not demanding and gives a stunning panorama given good weather.

There are also excellent golfing opportunities on the doorestep in every community in our circulation patch, from the testing West Lothian course at Bo’ness to the more benign challenges of Kingsfield at Kingscavil.

The Union Canal winds peacefully through the district and the towpath is a superb venue for cycling and walking, the canal itself offering opportunities for barge cruising courtesy of Linlithgow Union Canal Society and other volunteer groups.

But, when it comes to play local, the jewels in the crown surely have to be our two junior football sides, Bo’ness United and Linlithgow Rose, both of whom continue to draw large crowds and carry a big travelling support.

The local rivals are undoubtedly true stalwarts of the junior game.