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A selection of correspondence from our postbag

Sir, – John Cortellessa, speaking for Montreal Properties Ltd, is less than courteous in his comments about the Victoria Halls Trust and the proposals for the development and improvement of the site. Indeed he is gratuitously insulting.

While one acknowledges that the plans are ambitious, they are not impossible, and the citizens of Linlithgow are certainly prepared to try to improve this long-standing eyesore. But perhaps John Cortellessa would like to enlighten us all on the vision held by himself and Montreal Properties Ltd. – yours etc.,

Averil and Gavin Stewart


by email

Developing a viable project

Sir, – I was interested to read the news item on Linlithgow’s Victoria Halls which was backed up by a comment from the “Man in the Know”.

I would have rather more time for both the current owners and the views of “Our Man in the Know” if an alternative to the Victoria Halls Trust proposals was being presented.

The Trust is steadily developing a viable project to bring this site into community use with facilities that would be of real benefit to the town.

This is in stark contrast to the current owners who seem happy to leave the building to rot.

It would be great if Montreal Properties Ltd had a vision and a plan to develop the site before it collapses.

However, they do not, or at least do not have one they seem willing to share with the people of Linlithgow or even “Our Man in the Know”.

If we want the Victoria Halls site to come back to life I would encourage everyone to back the work of the Trust as the only way forward open to the town. – Yours etc.,

Martyn Wade



A night to remember

Sir, – I would to thank the Bo’ness Children’s Fair committee for another wonderful evening of entertainment and fun at the recent dance.

These people work unselfishly all year round to ensure the community spirit of Bo’ness is upheld year in and year out .I would like to thank everyone who attended for making it a great night. – Yours etc.,

David Savage

by email

Good work around the town

Sir, – A wee note of appreciation of the efforts and endeavours evident in town this weekend.

From LAMP’s production of Joseph to Linlithgow Players’ adaptation of Twelfth Night, to the coffee morning in aid of food banks, the40th birthday celebrations at LUCS.

All the tip of the iceberg / icing on the cake of the host of regular activities

Elections and politicians will come and go but the commitment of ordinary folk to our town endures, helping to contribute to quality of life for all. – Yours etc.,

Richard Payne

by email

A memorable performance

Sir, – My glum mood was soon dissipated when I took the opportunity to watch a performance of What...You Will? presented by the Linlithgow Players.

This adaptation of Twelfth Night was at times hilarious and at times deeply moving. I thoroughly enjoyed its easy transition from Shakespearean to modern language and its uplifting and joyful conclusion.

I am told that the play will be staged again on Saturday and Sunday of this week and I would heartily recommend it. It is truly memorable. – Yours etc.,

Gerald Thomas

41 St Mark’s Crescent