Readers’ Letters

St cyrus

Ice cream van chiming late at night

Sir, - I hope you will take the time to print a small article in your paper regarding the ice cream van that has been visiting the local areas recently.

I do not know who he/she is otherwise I would be contacting them myself.

The van drives around St Cyrus and as far as I am aware many other villages in Aberdeenshire waking children up on school nights often as late as half past nine!

Myself and a lot of local residents are getting rather annoyed with it.

They don’t give up either, whoever it is drives round for up to an hour sometimes constantly stopping and playing the chimes which you can hear streets away (I am partially deaf and can still hear it very clearly).

I have a four- year-old son who knows better than to ask for an ice cream at that time of night but he can’t get back to sleep for the noise of it.

I sincerely hope that you could print something about this matter and maybe even get a response from them as there is a law against chiming ice cream van bells after 7 pm and I really wish to remind them of this!

Yours etc.,

An angry St Cyrus resident

Post collections

Mail collection is unacceptable

Sir, - Recent changes in collection of mail from post boxes in Montrose now means that the last daily uplift from my nearest box is 9 am.

This is completely unacceptable as it means that any mail posted during normal working hours cannot be delivered the next day, even if a first class stamp is used.

I am aware that there are other post boxes in the main street that have later collection times, but why should I and other local residents be denied access to the same collection arrangements?

Also, the difficulties of parking in the High Street in order to find a post box have been well documented.

Is this another example of a second class, inferior service from Royal Mail?

Yours etc.,

Barclay G. Bisset

Whinfield Road, Montrose

incompetent Incumbents

Westminster has become corrupt

Sir, - I am a Londoner who has lived in Montrose for thirty years while working in the oil industry wherever I could get a job. I voted ‘Yes’ at the referendum because of my belief that Westminster has become corrupt. The Honourables Rifkind and Straw are individuals I would have trusted. My belief now is that they are the tip of an iceberg.

Historically, the Conservative and Labour parties have been in power while available housing has steadily dwindled. Homes are the stable anchor of any society. It is incumbent upon Members of Parliament to ensure homes are available to all. The two parties have been taking it in turns to blame one another while they do next to nothing. In 1944, before the war was over, the housing problem was noted and prefabricated houses were developed. From 1948 to ‘53 I was OHisMS in the Regular Army and from ‘53 to ‘57, OHerMS in the Kenya Police. From ‘57 to ‘61 was spent in the London Fire Brigade and my request about housing was met with a guffaw and a comment, “not in your lifetime, mate!” The position has become worse with house prices getting further and further away from the normal wage earner. Worse still, with computers effectively causing a second industrial revolution it is necessary to consider the provision of housing for an escalating ‘out of work’ force. Westminster is now the wrong place for Parliament. Tentative talk of having to shut the Houses of Parliament for major construction repairs can provide the opportunity to get away from the corrupting influence of London. Birmingham is currently in dire straits and would be ideal should England be looking towards an independent voice. Newcastle would be more central, should the old links be seen to require strengthening. My view of the Scottish Nationalists is that they show a consideration for the grass roots voter that I fail to see south of the border. Now is the time for all non-voters to come to the aid of the nation. Vote against Labour and the Conservatives. My own thoughts are that the Liberals and UKIP are more of the same but I hesitate to condemn. The forthcoming election is the only opportunity in my lifetime when my vote could have any real effect. Vote against the incompetent incumbents.

Yours etc.,

Patriotic Pete Swan

Mill Lane, Montrose

reply to letter

Risking everything for Independence?

Sir, - In his reply to my letter “Reduction in Home Helps” letter (review April 16), Mr Thomson blames the Westminster government for the cuts, which is the standard default SNP policy. As far as I am aware, Angus SNP Council, who spent millions recently on two Arbroath schools, run the Social Work Dept. and the SNP Scottish Government had millions of an underspend. The only advantage of independence is that the SNP wouldn’t be able to blame the UK Government for everything! The forthcoming election is just Referendum Mark 2.

Do we really wish to risk everything with an economically clueless left-wing, borrow, tax and spend Big Brother SNP government?

Yours etc.,

Name and address supplied

Montrose high street

Bad stench in close

Sir, - Montrose should address the state of its closes and alley ways to prevent unpleasant repercussions especially on Monday mornings.

The close leading through to Argos from the High Street has become a hot spot for drinkers and pedestrians who need to relieve themselves in a hurry.

The problem is that the convenient door wells and emergency exits of the adjacent shops are unlit offering irresistible privacy, and the shops are left with a huge and smelly problem after a weekend of revelry, especially if the temperature rises.

Shoppers are left gasping for fresh air as the ammonia fumes seep into the stores from outside.

Who owns the closes? Who should take responsibility for their upkeep?

Yours etc..

Montrose shopper

Name and address supplied

gourdon musuem

Poems on display

Sir, - I write again with regard to the article of two weeks ago concerning the poem, ‘The Storm’ about the loss of the ‘Mayflower’ of Gourdon in 1911 and the account of the Charity Fund for relatives of lost Gourdon Fishermen.

I previously responded with information concerning the another boat mentioned in the piece, - the ‘Morning Light’, and the poems about that tragedy off Gourdon.

The poetry anthology which I researched and compiled in aid of funds for the Gourdon Museum - the Maggie Law Maritime Museum - is available in the Museum and features the poems about the two boats - the ‘Mayflower’ and the ‘Morning Light’ among many other poems, old and new about the village and its fishing traditions.

Having visited the museum on Sunday (April 26), at the recent rally to recruit volunteers to staff the museum, I was pleased to notice that very poem, ‘The Storm’, suitably framed and prominently displayed on the far wall downstairs.

I wonder if your original contributor, Mrs Frances Stott who submitted the poem has seen her family poem in this most appropriate location?

The Maggie Law Maritime Museum, recently regenerated and refurbished, open six afternoons a week (closed Tuesdays) is well worth a visit in its own right.

Yours etc.,

Celia Craig

Address supplied

meNingitis research

Sign up now

Sir - Meningitis Now has just five places left on its 30th anniversary charity trek in the Patagonian Andes next year and is urging those wishing to take part to sign up quickly to guarantee their place.

The country’s biggest charity fighting the disease is looking for adventurers to take on the five-day trek from Argentina to Chile, through some of the most breath-taking scenery in South America.

It starts in the Lake District area of Argentina, where snow-capped mountains fringe glacial lakes, before crossing into Chile and entering a world of lush rainforest, cascading waterfalls and bubbling hot springs.

Meningitis Now has teamed up with specialist challenge event organiser Classic Tours for the trek, which takes place between February 5 and 14, 2016.

Emily Millington, events manager at Meningitis Now, said: “We are the only charity offering a Patagonian challenge in 2016, and demand is high.

“We only have a few places left now, so please get in touch soon if you’d like to join us and help us celebrate 30 years of achievement fighting meningitis; we’d love it if you can.”

Registration costs £350 and trekkers need to raise £3,950 in sponsorship. Alternatively, trekkers can pay £2,137 towards the costs of the trek and raise at least £1,813, on top of the registration fee.

In return for this, all flights, accommodation, support vehicles, medical support and experienced guides are provided.

The Meningitis Now events team is on hand to guide trekkers through every step of this challenge.

“From fund-raising ideas to training tips we promise to take care of all the practical arrangements - leaving you free to concentrate on walking, enjoying the breath-taking scenery and completing the challenge,” Emily added.

Money raised from the trek helps fund preventative research, raise awareness and support those touched by the dreaded disease through Meningitis Now’s unique range of services.

To register your interest or find out more visit, call the events team on 0845 120 4530 or email

To get a flavour of the trek watch the short film at

Yours etc.,

Meningitis Now

(via email).

beautiful scotland

Annual awards

Sir - Keep Scotland Beautiful, the charity for Scotland’s environment, has launched its 2015 search for Scotland’s most improved and enhanced local village or town seeking local entries for its Beautiful Scotland awards.

Keep Scotland Beautiful is calling for local volunteers and entire communities who get together to clean up and ‘green’ up the local areas in which they live, work and play, to come forward and seek recognition for their home community.

Beautiful Scotland is the well-established community environmental improvement initiative managed by Keep Scotland Beautiful, a member of the RHS Bloom Federation.

It celebrates and supports the achievements of entire villages, towns, cities, urban communities and Business Improvement Districts from across Scotland – all of whom have come together to improve their local environment.

The Beautiful Scotland competition has an extensive set of categories and awards, with judging focussed on the core areas of horticulture achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation.

A number of category winners can then progress to represent Scotland at UK level in the RHS Britain in Bloom competition and be in with a chance to represent their country in the prestigious European Entente Florale competition.

Last year 50 groups from across Scotland participated, each of whom had demonstrated real pride in their local community by nurturing and improving local spaces – creating some of the most attractive areas in Scotland.

Whilst Beautiful Scotland is a competition, entries are widely celebrated for the part they play in making our country such a wonderful place to live, work, play and visit.

Tayside is a key target for new entries, with many local communities now embarked on a regular programme of improving their home area.

Interested communities, towns, villages and cities can register online at

Alternatively, phone 01786 477 171 or email

Yours etc.

Keep Scotland Beautiful,

(via email).

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