A night of music to remember forever in Cumbernauld

Letters to the editor from May 29, 2013

Sir, – Thursday night, May, 16, was a night to remember. The place was Kildrum Parish Church, the event was Summer Serenade. Five local primary schools, Baird Memorial, Carbrain Primary, Cumbernauld Primary, Kildrum Primary and Whitelees Primary joined the fabulous Cumbernauld Male Voice Choir for a charity gig with the proceeds going to Yorkhill Children’s Hospital and by the look of the bums on seats it was a sell out.

Songs by likes of Hank Williams,Barry Manilow and from Les Miserables and rounded up with a Grand Finale with the Combined Choirs singing the Westlife favourite You Raise Me Up. Over £1000 was raised for the hospital.

Well done to the turnout of family and friends. Nice to see something positive happening in our town. – Yours etc.,

Bill Henry

Greenrigg Road.

Church says thank you

Sir, – On behalf of the fundraising committee at Condorrat Parish Church, I would like to thank both our MP, Gregg McClymont, for opening our Summer Fete on Saturday, May 18 and everyone who, despite the dreadful weather, turned out to support us in our latest venture.

We desperately need to raise the funds required for the essential repairs within the church and with everyone’s help we made the fantastic sum of £1470 so thank you all again. We really do appreciate it and it does all help .

Margaret McCallum

(Convenor)

WiFi woes

Sirs, – It comes as no surprise to me that Cumbernauld Railway Station will miss out in the wi-fi upgrade currently being carried out throughout central Scotland. But what will be missed and no-one else seems to have pointed out is the fact that First Glasgow buses will no longer provide a service to/from the same station. This is despite the fact that when FirstGroup were given the Scotrail franchise in 2004, we were promised that this would lead to an integrated transport service. This is just another example of the people Cumbernauld being ignored. I realise Cumbernauld is not the only town affected by these changes. The argument used by First is to increase city centre access for people using the number18 bus, but the people of Cumbernauld are no longer able to embark on a journey to/from the city centre as these services have been removed. Double standards or what?

These changes were heralded by the word ‘simplicity’, but I can not equate this word to mean that the number 38 or number 1 bus to each have five different versions. Even the X5 bus will have at least four versions. With proper regulation and a method of punishing transport providers for withdrawing services, then perhaps the people of Cumbernauld would see some improvement in public transport. – Yours, etc.,

Disgruntled traveller

(name and address supplied)