Letters to the Editor


On parade

Sir, – On Sunday, November 11, the annual remembrance service will be held in Bo’ness Old Kirk and at the town’s war memorial.

This year is the 70th anniversary of the battle of El Alamein.

Also, very soon now, it will be the centenary of World War 1.

UNISON Kinneil Band will once more lead the parade to the war memorial.

I would just like to point out that you do not have to be a member of the Royal British Legion to take part in the march.

If you have relatives or a friend who has served in the forces you will be made welcome.

It is a sad fact of life that, each year that passes, we lose a well kent face from our parade, so it would be lovely to see the remaining family members take their place.

Once again I will call upon the services of our lone piper who did us proud last year.

We have covered all aspects of the service, now all we can hope for is that the weather is good to us. – Yours etc.,


President, Royal British Legion

Bo’ness Branch

War pensions

Sir, – I wonder if your readers know that you do not have to have seen war service to qualify for a war disablement pension or a claim under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme?

The Royal British Legion Scotland provides a comprehensive and entirely free war pensions disablement advisory and advocate service, and you may be able to make a claim if you suffered an injury or medical condition resulting in a disablement that can be attributed to your former or existing military service.

For further advice contact the pensions office, 0131 550 1566, or visit website www.rblscotland.com, email:wpao@rblscotland.org. – Yours etc.,


Pensions, Welfare and Appeals Officer,

Royal British Legion Scotland,

Logie Green Road,

Edinburgh EH7 4HR

Carol concert

Sir, - St. Michael Day Care Centre will hold its annual carol service on Friday, December 7.

This year’s event will take place in St. Ninian’s Craigmailen Church commencing at 7.30pm

The Rugby Club Male Choir, St. Michael Junior Choir, and soloist Sarah Gillan and Linlithgow Ladies Choir will be all be taking part.

This is a major fundraising event for the day care centre.

It is hoped the local community will support this event.

Tickets are priced at £5 with £3 for children and OAPs. - Yours etc.,

Bert Lawson

by email