From our postbag

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Marching to a different drum

Sir, – In last week’s Journal and Gazette there was an article regarding the closing of the Winchburgh railway tunnel for 44 days to allow improvements to be carried out, with the work commencing on June 13.

Travellers who continue to use the line between Glasgow, Queen Street and Edinburgh will have the option to travel between Linlithgow and Edinburgh Park Railway Station and Linlithgow by bus.

Previously when there have been rail problems at Linlithgow, buses park on the High Street at the bus stop near the station.

However, on June 16 the High Street will be closed for part of the day due to the Riding of the town’s Marches and again the following Saturday for the gala day. Where are passengers going to be picked up when the High Street is closed?

I have contacted Scot Rail on this matter by email but I have not received a reply. I have also asked at the station. – Yours etc.,

Craig Connor

by email

On the ball for Easter

Sir, – The under 14’s maroon squad of Linlithgow Rose Community Football club will be participating in this year’s Easter Cup football tournament in Amsterdam this Easter Weekend.

This tournament is widely regarded as one of the finest of its type and the young Rose squad will be competing against some of the best youth teams from all over Europe.

The players , officials and parents would like to thank all the local business who helped with the substantial fundraising to make this trip happen including Sainsbury’s, B&M Stores, Linlithgow Rose Social Club, Julie and Roy Miller at Ideal Catering Consultancy, Ashmaan Tandoori, Champany Restaurant, Kingsfield Golf Centre, Xcite Linlithgow and Bathgate Sports Centres, Subway Linlithgow, West Lothian County Cricket Club and local couple John and Marion Adams.

Thanks to everyone’s efforts and the generosity of those mentioned above we will proudly represent our great club and town at this fantastic event. – Yours etc.,

Billy McAdam


LRCFC Under 14 Maroons

Not in Easter spirit

Sir, – My husband has just read out to me from The Times, that Sainsbury’s and Co-op have declined to supply a FairTrade Easter Egg with a Christian message about the Resurrection! David Marshall, of the Meaningful Chocolate Company, which makes the eggs, said: “It is as if some feel Christianity is politically incorrect.”

Thank you Tesco and Fair Tradewinds. – Yours etc.,

Patricia Chapman


Petition scaled up

Sir, – I have been a regular customer at Gowan’s fish van since it first started coming to the town many years ago.

The service provided and the quality of the produce makes this pleasurable.

However, for the past couple of years they seem to be regularly hounded by “the authorities” on the issue of parking.

This is causing them a great deal of aggravation and could result in us losing a much valued facility if not resolved.

The petition currently going round the town in support of this business has gained much support and reflects the strength of feeling.

I would ask that the relevant authorities get together and resolve this situation so that locals can continue to enjoy fish from the van. – Yours etc.,

I Ross


Lottery joy

Sir, – Congratulations to the residents of EH49 6DZ where players of People’s Postcode Lottery each won £1000 in the new daily prize.

Over £63 million has been raised including over half a million pounds to support the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.

These much needed funds help the Royal Botanic Garden explore, conserve and explain the world of plants. Thank you everyone who plays People’s Postcode Lottery for making such a difference! – Yours etc.,

Kirsty Connell

Fundraising Manager

Royal Botanic Garden

Bowel cancer

Sir, – We’ve all been affected by bowel cancer in some way and know the devastating effect it can have.

April is bowel cancer awareness month and the Lift the Lid campaign is encouraging everybody to get over the embarrassment surrounding the disease by simply talking about it. Whether you tell someone about your own experience, inspire someone to learn about the symptoms or encourage someone who is worried to talk to their doctor, that conversation could be lifesaving. – Yours etc.,

Matt Dawson MBE

Former rugby player

Animal rights

Sir, – The General Election on May 7 is a matter of life and death for many animals.

To animals in the wild, on farms, in laboratories and in our homes, it does make a very real difference which party comes to power.

Animal Aid has launched a new website,

Visitors can find out the parties’ animal-related policies, how their own MP has voted on animal issues, and what campaigns he or she has supported.

They can contact their MP directly and also find out who the nearest rival is. –Yours etc.,

Kate Fowler

Head of Campaigns

Animal Aid

Tonbridge, Kent