Letters: Own museum would give port a new Leith of life

The Proclaimers are among Leith's most famous sons. Picture: Ian Georgeson
The Proclaimers are among Leith's most famous sons. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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I AM one Leither who is very grateful to the News for supporting the campaign to create Leith’s very own museum within Custom House (News, November 11).

I also thank Fraser Parkinson, the webmaster of Spirit of Leithers on Facebook, for promoting the Leith Museum petition. This website has been supported by former Leithers now living all over the world and the UK, Canada, USA, New Zealand and Australia and has reunited many former Leith friends and families who left many years ago.

Picture: Esme Allen

Picture: Esme Allen

It’s taking too long for the political decision makers to put this into effect and public support for a speedy outcome is growing fast. It’s not acceptable for the National Museums of Scotland to use this building solely for the purpose of storage, whilst Leith’s historical artefacts languish in some dark corner of the premises.

Yes the museum could acknowledge 20th century celebrities such as Tom Farmer, The Proclaimers and many others, but this ancient seaport, once the second busiest in the UK, has a nautical and industrial history going back centuries and on a par with the city of Edinburgh.

It would be wonderful to see artefacts and read historical notes that told the story of how people lived and worked all those years ago.

The 1930s to the 1950s alone have a rich story to tell, well remembered by many of us who are still around to confirm them.

It would tell the story of a once very busy thriving and bustling community with its own distinctive character and sense of camaraderie.

To the people of Leith, please give your support by signing the petition on Spirit of Leithers, on Facebook.

Frank Ferri, Newhaven Main Street, Edinburgh

Concern over narrow escape

IT IS a miracle how a cyclist narrowly escaped serious injury after he was caught in the face by a wire at head height across a popular pathway (News, November 12).

Whoever is responsible is evil, and I dread to think what could have happened. It is deeply concerning and shocking.

June Fleming, Hercus Loan, Musselburgh

All road users should be treated the same

I READ with interest the response from Brian Armstrong (Letters, November 11) regarding the letter I had published commenting on the driver who was caught eating a bowl of cereal.

I feel that Mr Armstrong’s response is more an attack on me rather than a reasoned response to the arguments which I put up in my original letter. I am certainly not a cycle hater, and when I see them, where possible I will give them the full width of the road when overtaking.

What I do hate is bad cycling which I gave some examples of in my original letter. It would have been nice if Mr Armstrong had agreed with these points or had put up an alternative argument.

I also hate the fact that cyclists are demanding ever more rights and special lanes. They pay nothing towards the cost of the lanes or the upkeep of them.

It is good to see in the News (November 11) that the police are going to be having a crackdown on all road users who break the rules of the road.

I hope this will continue to happen even after the fortnight period is over and this is exactly what I mean by treating all road users fairly.

There is no need for strict liability laws, only fair rules that can be followed by everyone and fair punishments for those who break the rules. If this is seen to be done then cyclists and motorists are more likely to get on together and have respect for each other.

Alastair Macintyre, Webster Place, Rosyth

Space money could help out in disaster

Easy to reflect, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if the UK government had held on to the £45 million they kindly donated toward the Indian space project – it could have contributed so much by way of aid to the devastated millions in the Philippines

Phil Cowan, Laverockbank Avenue, Edinburgh

Give plenty thought to the gagging law

The gagging law introduces rules that could prevent non politicians speaking out on contemporary issues.

Lots of charities have spoken up about it, from the Royal British Legion to Oxfam.

The proposed legislation appears to be too hurried a response to the defects of previous legislation and more thorough consideration should be given.

John David Bell, Ratho

Statues by Paolozzi could foot the bill

If cash-strapped Edinburgh City Council manages to sell the ground at Picardy Place, the Paolozzi statues would have to be moved. Given the vast sums these works sell for, I suggest this would be the best option.

D R Watt, Bellevue Place, Edinburgh

The games souvenirs should be made here

Although the Commonwealth Games are being held in Glasgow it seems a bit ironic that the official merchandise for this event is being handled by a company down south.

This is probably for reasons of commerce and profit but with the Games being held in Scotland surely it would have been fitting for a Scottish company to have handled the business of official memorabilia.

Angus McGregor, Edinburgh