Letters, June 10 2022

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Looking for long lost family

I was born in Campbeltown in May 1952, under the name of Joyce Shields Martin.

My father was William Martin and my mother was Maggie Winters. I was known locally as Wilma Martin.

My mother lived at the time of my conception in Davaar Avenue and I was born at the Craigard maternity hospital.

I recently visited the Craigard House Hotel on Low Askomil and saw the room in which I was born.

Throughout her life, my mother was very poor, but could have been a scriptwriter for Billy Connolly – she was so full of fun, love and life.

In the final stages of her pregnancy with me, she had to walk unassisted along Low Askomil against the wind and rain.

After I was born, my biological father denied my mother any financial assistance and refused to acknowledge my existence publicly.

However, the whole town knew that wee Joyce was William Martin’s illegitimate daughter, hence I was called Wilma Martin by the school and all other local authorities.

I have made my own way in the world and have retired with my husband in Canterbury, Kent, living in comfort my mother could only have dreamt of.

I have five children – all legitimate – and six grandchildren so far.

Life was a struggle growing up in Campbeltown but I always had many true and good friends.

But I have never forgotten the emptiness and sadness of being denied by my father William Martin who is buried in the graveyard near to my mother Maggie.

It would be lovely to know if I have any family – half-brothers or sisters, or nieces or nephews – in the area.

If there’s anyone out there who might be interested in meeting me, please get in touch by emailing joyceandphil@hotmail.com.

Joyce Harden, Canterbury, Kent.

Town’s lack of Platinum Jubilee celebrations a disgrace

Campbeltown’s lack of Platinum Jubilee celebrations is a disgrace and an embarrassment to the town.

The Queen is the first British monarch in history to reach this milestone jubilee, having reigned for 70 years.

This is an occasion none of us will witness again in our lifetimes.

While smaller settlements like Southend saw fit to organise fitting celebrations, nothing large-scale or official was held in the royal burgh of Campbeltown.

There were lots of people, locals and visitors alike, actively looking for events to attend over the weekend and they were bitterly disappointed to find practically none.

Well done to those behind celebrations in Southend and other towns and villages across Argyll for appropriately marking this momentous moment in history.

Name and address supplied.

Putting the fun into fundraising

Today is Childhood Day, the NSPCC’s flagship fundraising event, when the public are encouraged to embrace their inner child and celebrate play to put the fun into fundraising.

We are encouraging schools and nurseries to take part in The Big Breaktime – an extra hour of play with pupils, staff and parents being encouraged to give a small donation towards funding vital NSPCC projects, like Childline.

To sign up, visit the NSPCC website, search for The Big Breaktime and fill in your school’s details with the registration form.

Paul Cockram, head of fundraising, NSPCC Scotland.