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Thanks for stepping out with the Legion

Sir, - I would like to say thank you to all who attended the Armistice Festival at Bo’ness Old Parish Church and War Memorial and a special thanks to the children from the youth organisations and schools who have given us much pleasure watching them play their part at the service.

I would like to give my personal thanks to our new standard bearers Derek Taylor and Andrew Aitken, Piper Walter Williamson and parade commander Charlie Gilfillan and also the local councillors who attended the service. There is still work to be done to make this a day to remember for us all. Next year will be a special year, as it will be the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I (August 4, 1914). After the service at Falkirk Town Hall on Saturday, November 9, we had a discussion regarding the war memorials. They only show the fallen from the two World Wars. Since 1945 there have been several conflicts including the Falklands and Iraq. No doubt there will have been a number of deaths and injuries but none have been inscribed on war memorials. Maybe someone should look into this?

Once more, on behalf of the Bo’ness Royal British Legion committee, thank you very much. – Yours etc.,

John Bell

Royal British Legion, Bo’ness

As the world celebrates International Day of Disabled Persons, I’d like to ask your readers – has anything really changed for people with disabilities in the last 50 years?

I work for Vitalise, a charity that recently conducted a survey to mark our 50th anniversary and found almost half of people with disabilities said they will need more support to lead independent lives in the years to come – but only a quarter of non-disabled people agreed with them.

We found that more than half of people with disabilities believed society’s negative attitude towards them was the single biggest issue they faced today!

People with disabilities want to play a part in society, to make a contribution but too often they are held back by society’s negative attitudes and lack of understanding about their everyday needs.

So we’re asking readers to join us in calling for a society where people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everybody else. For more information visit www.vitalise.org.uk or call 0303 303 0147.

Colin Brook,