Letters to the editor

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A selection of letters from our postbag this week

Duty done?

Sir, - May I commend Falkirk Council for appearing to finally step out of the dark ages and, at last, in some ways, fulfilling their duty in meeting the needs of the youth of Bo’ness following decades of neglect by means of the introduction of the Fusion programme at the recreation centre.

This replaces a recent programme that was delivered from a metal container which I have been informed was limited in nature.

This scheme appears to offer the youngsters of the town a structured programme which not only provides them with attractive alternatives to wandering the streets in an alcohol-induced stupor on a Saturday night but also, I would hope, provides them with some social education that better prepares them for becoming productive citizens.

It’s an obvious adage but, by spending a pound now the council may well save a tenner in the future, by perhaps helping to dispel social issues that may arise in the future.

However, I am sure this project shall need the support of the Bo’ness public, young and old, to help make it a success. - Yours etc.,

Garry Chapman

Kinneil Drive, Bo’ness


Sir,– I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended our annual fireworks display at Linlithgow Rugby Club.

It was a perfect evening for it, and the display was superb. The big crowds make it all worthwhile.

I would also like to pay tribute to the host of unpaid volunteers who ensure that the event is safe and enjoyable for all, and to those who come in the day after and clear up the mess.

In particular I would like to thank the Red Cross for being in attendance, Forbes Kidd for supplying safety equipment, and to Gordon Dunne for the use of the fencing and lighting.

Thanks also to the outlets in the town who sold tickets in the lead up to the event (The News Shop, the Gazette Office, Linlithgow Bookshop, Little Owls, Bab’s Mart and the Spar at Linlithgow Bridge). Roll on next year! – Yours etc.,



Linlithgow Rugby Club

Bear with us

Sir,– On November 10, representatives from Falkirk Community Trust and members of the White Lady Mountain Bike Trails Steering Group met to discuss progress to date.

Whilst it is appreciated that this has been a long and involved process thus far, Falkirk Community Trust has confirmed that it has established a partnership with Central Scotland Forest Trust to draw up a management plan for Kinneil Estate.

Included in this plan will be a recreation element which will include provision for mountain bike trails within the main forest.

It is likely that preparation of this plan will take several months and we would ask all those who expressed an interest in the trails and, more importantly, those who expressed an interest in becoming committee members, to bear with us.

A further meeting will be held in the new year when an update will be available from Falkirk Community Trust. The date, time and venue for this meeting will be notified to all interested parties in due course.

Rest assured mountain bike trails within Kinneil Woods is a reality.

Thanks go to Rab Robertson, Avril Clark, Gordon Baxter, Paul Finnie, Gary Smith, Madelene Hunt and Councillors Ann Ritchie and Sandy Turner.

I would also mention the part played by the late Councillor John Constable whose vision and determination has helped in no small way in keeping the steering group completely focussed on the White Lady Mountain Bike Trails project. – Yours etc.,


On behalf of the steering group,

Stewart Avenue, Bo’ness.


Sir,– On behalf of the local branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland, I would like to thank all who attended the service at the War Memorial and also at the Old Kirk.

Special thanks should be given to Mr C. Gilfillan who took charge of the parade and to the young standard-bearers Natasha Kenny and Alex Aitken.

Thanks also to piper Walter Williamson and Kinneil Band who once more supplied the music for the parade.

Owing to a fall resulting in two cracked ribs, I could not take an active part in the service but there were several Legion members ready to step in if required.

This is a sad time for families who had members who made the ultimate sacrifice. For them remembrance is all they have left.

All the comfort we can give them is to show they are gone but not forgotten. – Yours etc.,



Bo’ness Branch,

Royal British Legion