Letters, December 4 2020


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Memories from the 1950s

Having seen your headline for the closing of McIlchere’s, I thought I would mention that some of your older readers would know that J & J McRobert did the roll and sausage thing in the 1950s, not only in the shop at 125 Ralston Road, but from vans and a wooden hut near the putting green on the Promenade.

They were also the first in the area with toffee apples, crispy cakes and salmon fishcakes at the shop.

Jim McRobert, Musselburgh.

Accident waiting to happen

The junction where the Sound of Kintyre road meets the A83 at Craigs Farm is an accident waiting to happen.

It is a busy road, taking drivers to and from the Sound of Kintyre and other houses as well as the airport, MACC, Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club, Westport’s middle beach and more, but drivers must be a little more patient when they arrive at the junction if there are already cars on the A83.

On several occasions, when I have been travelling both north and south on the A83, I had to jam on my brakes as cars pulled out without even stopping to look properly. This is especially dangerous when lorries are on the road as they take much longer to stop or slow down.

This has frustrated me for some time but enough is enough. During the Covid crisis, the last thing our hard-working emergency services need is a road accident to deal with.

Name and address supplied.

Support vital bone cancer research

Christmas is coming and soon you’ll be getting Christmas cards in the post. But what are you going to do with all those used stamps?

The Bone Cancer Research Trust has the answer… The Bone Cancer Research Trust Stamp Appeal.

Getting involved could not be easier. All you need to do is save your used stamps or horizon labels from the UK or overseas. If you are a business, shop or public service you could even have a collection box for people to drop off their stamps. Your stamps will be recycled and turned into lifesaving funds.

Primary bone cancer can occur at any age, but affects mostly children, teenagers, young adults and the elderly. Every 10 minutes, somewhere in the world, someone is diagnosed with primary bone cancer.

Collecting used stamps is a simple way to make a huge difference. You can order a free Stamp Appeal pack today by visiting: www.bcrt.org.uk/stamps or join their Facebook group: Bone Cancer Research Trust Stamp Appeal.

Please send your used stamps to BCRT Stamp Appeal, 20 Bowers Road, Benfleet, Essex, England, SS7 5PZ.

Thank you for your time and consideration in this urgent appeal. Until there’s a cure…

Terri Bush, volunteer Stamp Appeal coordinator, Bone Cancer Research Trust.

Ribbon Appeal helps to remember loved ones

Charity Meningitis Now has launched its annual Ribbon Appeal to remember loved ones at Christmas and donate to fight back against the devastating disease.

Families impacted by meningitis but not bereaved are also invited to support the appeal. Supporters honour their loved ones by writing their name on a white ribbon for display by the charity or to wear or hang on their own Christmas tree at home.

All donations go towards Meningitis Now’s ongoing lifesaving and life-changing work, rebuilding futures by providing dedicated support to people living with the impact of the disease, as well as raising awareness so people know what to look for and what action to take if they suspect meningitis and funding research into vaccines and prevention.

This year, we will host a virtual Christmas carol concert, live on Facebook at 7pm on Tuesday December 8, which will include a recording of the ribbons hanging on the tree at the centre of its Remembrance Garden at our head office in Stroud.

We know that Christmas can be a difficult time and this year will be especially difficult for many. Although we can’t be together this year we can still remember together.

Please support our Christmas Ribbon Appeal and help us to keep fighting this terrible disease and be there for families who need our support, at Christmas time and throughout the year. And please join us for our online concert – you’ll be very welcome, whether you have a meningitis experience or not.

To donate or for more details on the virtual Christmas carol concert, please visit our website at www.meningitisnow.org

Our helpline is available on 0808 80 10 388 or by emailing helpline@meningitisnow.org

Tom Nutt, chief executive, Meningitis Now.

Don’t suffer the loss of a pet alone

National pet charity Blue Cross was concerned to hear the recent Office for National Statistics figures which suggested the week after the clocks went back saw Britain’s highest levels of acute loneliness in the pandemic.

We know many people may have lost a pet this year and, for some, their four-legged companion may have been their only companion.

We want to remind people that our pet bereavement support service is here to help those who are grieving the loss of a pet.

People can contact our free and confidential support line on 0800 096 6606 or email pbssmail@bluecross.org.uk for advice and support.

Diane James, pet bereavement support service manager, Blue Cross.