John Lamont: Great to see so much support for our armed forces

Armed Forces Day at Duns Parish Church
Armed Forces Day at Duns Parish Church

Last Saturday was Armed Forces Day and I know that a lot of you would have taken time out of your day to pay tribute to the brave men and women who are currently serving the UK at home and abroad.

It is a great opportunity to not only pay tribute to them, but also our veterans and all of those who have unfortunately made the ultimate sacrifice in fighting for their country.

I was honoured to attend the Parade of Colours and memorial service in my home town of Coldstream the week before.

There was a great turnout by residents from in and around the town who wanted to pay their respects, and it was great to see so much support for our armed forces.

It is impossible to overestimate the sacrifice that these individuals make for our country, as each day they risk their lives to protect us whilst living away from their families in some of the most hostile environments on earth.

Mobile Phone Signal

I know that many Berwickshire residents will know only too well just how poor the mobile connectivity is in some parts of the region.

Many areas suffer from dreadful or nonexistent mobile phone signal and I know that this can be hugely frustrating.

That is why I recently backed a campaign by the Countryside Alliance to try and improve mobile signal strength in areas such as the Borders.

By downloading an app called ‘RootMetrics’ on to your smartphone, you can help see this happen.

All you have to do is open the app and you can record the mobile phone strength of wherever you are. This then feeds back into their online map which helps identify exactly which areas are in most need of help in Scotland.

When it comes to fighting for better mobile phone connectivity in the Borders this will help not only to prove how bad the situation is, but also to prove how many people want to see it improved. When people in the Borders pay just as much for their mobile phone contracts as those in more 
urban areas, it is ludicrous that we should have to suffer from having a much poorer service.

We cannot let the technological deficit that we have in the Borders to continue, and this campaign could see a change for the better.

Surgeries

I have already started my annual summer surgery tour, during which I visit every town and village across my Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire constituency.

For the exact dates, timings and venues you can visit my website or look out for details in the local press.

No appointment is necessary so please feel free to come along if you have a problem which you think that I might be able to help with.

Alternatively, please call my constituency office on 01450 375 948 and I will do my best to assist.

For tours of the Scottish Parliament, please contact my Parliamentary office on 0131 348 6533.