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The half frozen lake at the Hirsel, Coldstream, taken by Ewan Dickson 
from Morebattle.
The half frozen lake at the Hirsel, Coldstream, taken by Ewan Dickson from Morebattle.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

LUCKY TO LIVE IN FRIENDLY PLACE

Today (Thursday, December 1) at 8am, I got a phone call here in Eyemouth from my husband, telling me that our car had hit a pothole and the tyre had burst.

He was out on the Westruther road with little mobile phone signal and his battery was low.

Now - this letter could turn into a rant about the state of our roads – but it is actually in praise and thanks to all the lovely folk who stopped to check he was OK and offer assistance whilst he was waiting for Green Flag, plus the friendly reassurance and help from Seahouses A.J.K. Thompson‘s garage mechanic who got him back on the road and able to go on to conduct his moth survey at the other side of Jedburgh.

Last but not least huge thanks for the super speedy service from Northburn Garage who checked their records to see which tyre we would need, ordered it, had it delivered, and fitted it as soon as he arrived safely back here in Eyemouth.

How lucky we are to live in such a lovely friendly helpful place.

Barbara Prater

Barefoots Crescent

Eyemouth

POLITICAL TOURETTE’S

While not true of all politicians, it does seem that many suffer a form of political Tourette’s.

You know they are saying bad things because their lips are moving, and if not lying then being ‘economical with the actuality’!

Tories do this quite openly because they know that their utterances will not be challenged by the right-wing media (which is most of it), the BBC or indeed by those whose job it is to challenge them, the supine Labour opposition. So it is down to local newspapers such as the Berwickshire News and some reliable internet sites to give voice to those who disagree with the wisdom according to Westminster.

In his latest piece of ‘SNP Bad’ from wannabe MP, Conservative MSP John ‘welfare claimants make a lifestyle choice’ Lamont, is the claim that house building per annum has fallen since the SNP was voted into power in 2007 (View from Holyrood, December 1).

What he didn’t, and wouldn’t mention, is that after the massive financial crash in 2008 the construction industry went into virtual hibernation across the whole UK. Thousands lost their jobs and the industry is only just beginning to recover.

If the Westminster Tory government had not been ideologically driven to impose their counter-productive policies of austerity onto an ailing Britain, our financial position now could be so much stronger

If instead of bailing out the casino banks, Labour, Coalition and now Tory governments had invested in building and infrastructure, Britain might actually be reducing the deficit.

For those who will no doubt question my claims, just look up what the government of 1945 did in a bankrupt Britain.

Richard Walthew

Whitsome Crofts

Duns

EYEMOUTH POPPY APPEAL THANKS

On behalf of the Eyemouth Royal British Legion Poppy Team, may I say a big thank you to everyone who supported us this year by displaying a poppy tin, that’s all the pubs, the shops and banks, not forgetting the schools in Eyemouth, Reston and Ayton.

Thanks also to everyone who helped with this year’s Poppy coffee morning that began our collection of 2016. All the usual faces, those that stir the coffee, butter the scones and sell the raffle tickets. I must say a special thanks to everyone who came along for a cuppa that day and braved the rain, it was a dreich day to say the least.

I must also thank all those who came along to our Remembrance Day Service on the Sunday and who contributed to the church collection. After our memorial service we were once again treated to teas and refreshments at the Dolphin Hotel. My sincere thanks to Sam and his staff for the wonderful spread he laid on for us.

Thanks also to the pupils and staff of Eyemouth High School, not only for their annual poppy collection but also for the production of 93 ceramic poppies that were on display at the Parish Church at Remembrance, before being placed on graves of local war veterans. Thanks also for their generous donation to the poppy fund from the sale of smaller ceramic poppies.

I would also like to add a special thanks to our volunteer street collectors who go door to door. Each year your combined collections add significantly to our total, and this year, like so many before, it accounts for more than a quarter of our final total.

While the Poppy collection is only over the space of a few weeks, there are so many people involved that it would be impossible to mention each and every one by name. But I must stress that it is only with the combined efforts of everyone, that the RBL Poppy Appeal, which is there ‘Serving those who serve’, manages to raise what it does, which this year is an amazing £3,501.68p

Finally though, as always, my sincere thanks to the local people themselves for their continued generosity and support for the RBL Poppy Appeal, without which it would surely fail.

Thank you all.

Keith Fisackerly

On behalf of the Eyemouth RBLS Poppy Team

DUNS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

Yet again the Duns Christmas Lights are beautiful.

Thanks has to go to all the tradesmen involved and their helpers. Also thanks to local companies who provide the equipment to make the erection of the lights possible.

Thanks has to go to The White Swan who provided refreshments for the workers. Without these dedicated workers, who were out in terrible weather conditions, Duns would not look so festive.

Joyce Blaikie

Duns

SWINTON EVENT A GREAT SUCCESS

Once again through your newspaper I would like to thank everyone who came along to the Coffee, Craft and Card morning held at 9 Duns Road, Swinton.

We raised the wonderful sum of £572.65.

A big thank you to Heather McCann who hosted the event, the ladies who baked and served and helped but mostly to everyone who came and supported us.

Cancer Research UK are very grateful to all the support given and this area is very very generous to the charity.

May Kinghorn

(Local Honorary Organiser)

Cancer Research UK

DUNS SHOPPERS ARE SO GENEROUS

On behalf of Duns Junior Football Club we would like to thank the generous shoppers in Duns Co-op on Saturday, December 3.

We sold £325 of raffle tickets for our grand hamper draw which will take place at 9.30am on Saturday, December 10, at Border Baguettes in the Market Square.

We would also like to thank the shoppers who donated £333.26 in our donation buckets which meant on the day a fantastic total of £658.26 was raised.

A special thanks must go to our little bag packers.

A massive thank you to everyone.

Elaine Baxter (treasurer) and Robyn Fortune-Smith (fundraiser)

Duns Juniors FC

EYEMOUTH SCOUTS ARE GRATEFUL

Through your column may I please express my thanks to all those who supported Eyemouth Scout Group’s recent coffee morning in the Mason’s Hall.

We raised the fantastic sum of £315.96 which will help keep our minibus on the road for another year.

Special thanks to Janice and David Walker and Martin Aitchison for their hands on help on the day. Thanks to all those who baked, bought and helped - your ongoing support is very much appreciated by all the leaders, committee and young people involved in the Beaver, Cub, Scout and Explorer sections.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our supporters a happy and peaceful new year.

Lynne Bogle

Chair

Group Executive Committee

SCHOOL PROJECTS WILL BENEFIT

The Friends of Eyemouth Primary School committee would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along and supported or helped in any way, at our Christmas Fair on Thursday, December 1.

The event was a huge success and the amazing sum of £1,014.07 was raised and will be used to fund future projects to benefit the school and all it’s pupils.

A special thank you must go to the many local businesses and parents, who so generously supplied us with a fantastic selection of prizes for our raffle and tombola. And thanks also to Eyemouth Herring Queen Megan Melvin and her court for coming along to open the fair.

Mhairi Renton

(FOEPS Secretary)

Eyemouth

MACMILLAN CONCERT

The concert in Duns on Sunday night was brilliant and very entertaining.

The wealth of talent in Duns schools is unbelievable and the concert goes from strength to strength each year.

Special thanks have to go to Cameron Mabon, Ronald Drummond and Eileen McLean for their time, effort and dedication with pupils and Guides.

Thank you also to parents in allowing there children to perform.

The concert raised in excess of £1,100 on Sunday night which is an excellent amount. All monies raised will be utilised for various functions at Borders General Hospital and Margaret Kerr Palliative Care Unit.

Anyone wishing to join Macmillian Cancer Support Duns Committee please call Joyce on on 01361882894.

We only hold three functions per year.

Joyce Blaikie

Chairperson

Trinity Park

Duns

MANAGING SCOTLAND

Under Westminster management, we are reportedly in a dire economic situation with a £15bn “black hole” paralysing our finances.

Why is Scotland failing so badly under Westminster management, and in what way is this an argument for continuing under Westminster management?

Our independent European colleagues appear to manage their affairs very well.

They regularly appear at the top end of the UN’s Human Development Index (HDI).

Norway topped last year’s list, with the Netherlands second, Switzerland third, Denmark (this year’s “happiest country in the world”) fifth, Iceland seventh, Sweden eighth, Ireland ninth and Finland 10th. The UK is 13th.

Could we also manage our affairs as successfully as this if independent? If not, why not?

Consider HDI ‘winner’ Norway. It shares a long border and has many cultural links with Sweden.

Should Norway abandon independence, dissolve its parliament (maintaining a devolved body for certain domestic purposes) and send its MPs to the Rikstag in Stockholm where, as a small minority, they would try to influence economic policy, foreign affairs etc. for Norway?

Would Norway be better governed as a result?

Does the fact that Norwegians don’t seem particularly minded to do this mean that they are anti-Swedish?

If you believe Scotland is best kept under Westminster control, these are questions to which I would be interested in hearing answers.

Eric Falconer

Galashiels

GUARDING AGAINST CUTTING COSTS

As an airline shareholder, I have been following the current railway industrial dispute in the south of England with some interest.

It seems the bone of contention between unions and management is the safety function of guards – a function which the employers claim is used so infrequently that it doesn’t make economic sense to retain.

In terms of passenger mile per accident, this is undoubtedly equally true when it comes to airline cabin staff.

If Southern Railways are successful in their bid to cut costs in this way, can we look forward to the UK airline industry being able to similarly save by replacing trolly dollies with recorded announcements of “Brace, Brace”?

John Eoin Douglas

Edinburgh