Letters to The Buteman

Send your letters to news@buteman.com.
Send your letters to news@buteman.com.

Send your letters to The Buteman. Email news@buteman.com by Monday at 5pm.

Big thank-you to Rothesay pupils

Sir, – I’d like to thank all the pupils of Rothesay Primary School for their kind wishes and fond farewells during the last day of the school session. It was lovely to come back and visit the school I had spent the last 26 years teaching in and it is sad to say goodbye to so many lovely people.

Rothesay PS is a special place – one which I will miss very much.

Thank-you to all the youngsters for the beautiful bracelet and the amazing cards and gifts.

I wish them all well and look forward to hearing of their hard work and successes. –Yours, etc.,

Kirsteen MacDonald

(by email)

Successful day for Vintage Club

Sir, – May I, on behalf of Bute Vintage Club, publicly express sincere thanks to Argyll & Bute Council for permitting the tractors to assemble on the Esplanade, Police Scotland for traffic control, the local Coastguards who stewarded the route, Honorary member Tom Cromack MBE who flagged off the run, Bute Ceilidh Band for entertaining on the Esplanade and, at the Sailing Club, Isle of Bute Sailing Club for the use of their premises, Brian and Janet Hill for permitting us access to turn at Plan Farm, Simon and Maria at Kingarth Hotel, the ladies who provided and served the excellent tea, all who donated prizes and bought raffle tickets, and, last but not least, the entrants who support this annual event.

Unfortunately the weather could have been kinder, but this did not deter us from having another very successful day.

Many thanks again to all involved. – Yours, etc.,

Robert McKirdy


Roslin Crescent


‘Experience of a lifetime’

Sir, – I would like to express my thanks to those who funded my trip to Canada.

Thanks to the generous donations from The Baird of Bute Society, the Bute family, For Bute, and Chris and Hazel Markwell, I was given the wonderful opportunity of a science scholarship in Canada.

During my trip I was given valuable opportunities to network and learn more about chemistry.

This scholarship has been the experience of a lifetime and will prove invaluable to me in job interviews.

I am extremely grateful to all who contributed to my place and I hope that the youth of Bute can continue to secure places in the programme. – Yours, etc.,

Ross Lockhart, Rothesay Academy

by email

News reading for sight impaired

Sir, – We are one of 60-plus groups who read local newspapers to blind or sight-impaired people in Scotland.

Here in Argyll and Bute we are celebrating 30 years of supplying a news-reading service to the people of Argyll and Bute and beyond.

We read from The Buteman, The Oban Times, The Illeach, The Dunoon Observer, The Campbeltown Courier, and the Argyllshire Advertiser, and currently have 150 listeners from Fort William in the north to Campbeltown in the south and Islay in the west to Dunoon in the east.

Others who have left the area and still wish to keep in touch with what used to be their

local area are welcome to apply. We record onto USB memory sticks and supply each listener with a digital box which enables them to hear our recordings.

We are always looking for more listeners and sponsors as we need £3000 per year to maintain the service.

Morag Hunter, our president, is always willing to discuss this further. Her phone number is 01546 602945. – Yours, etc.,

Liz McLean, fund-raising committee member

17 Argyll Court