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YOUR VIEWS: Readers make feelings clear on planned Apprentice Boys of Derry march in Inverness

By Andrew Dixon

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A previous Apprentice Boys of Derry march through Inverness city centre.
A previous Apprentice Boys of Derry march through Inverness city centre.

Planned Apprentice Boys of Derry march in Inverness provokes criticism

This "parade" is against our rights to live in a hate-free society. I object strongly to such parades and I am surprised and dismayed that our elected members saw no cause to object - who in their right mind thinks this is OK?

I will be contacting our councillors for their comments and to let them know they are letting their country down by sanctioning such a parade. Highland Council knew there would be a backlash and that was the reason for the omission in the original notice!

Morag Anderson, Nairn

More than 1,500 people within 24 hours sign petition opposing Inverness march by the Apprentice Boys of Derry

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Highland Council says there were no objections but wherever this was publicised was certainly not common knowledge. I'm sure that had this been properly publicised there would have been a substantial number of objections There is no place in Inverness for organisations of this nature.

Dave Soutar, Tain

Having grown up in the central belt and witnessing these marches (“parades”) first hand, I am very aware of the bad feeling and upset this encourages or harbours. There is no place for this in the Highlands, please.

Theresa Mackay, Inverness

This is a horrible prospect. I hope there is still time to withdraw consent for this match. It would be an absolute disgrace for Inverness.

Frances McKie, Dingwall

David Charles.
David Charles.

Fascinating part of Scotland’s history

I’m delighted to announce that The Old School, Beauly has generously offered to host a launch and signing event for my book A Future in the Glens.

The book is the first in a series of novels telling the story of a soldier’s return to his home village of Cannich after the Second World War and how he comes to terms with the enormous changes brought to the glens by the hydro electric schemes.

I couldn’t ask for a more fitting venue for the launch. The Old School is a high quality outlet, right in the heart of Beauly and Beauly was right at the heart of what I’ve always thought of as Scotland’s great untold story, the building of the hydro electric schemes.

I’ll be giving a short talk about the book and its background at 10.30am on April 25 and I hope people will find the event an interesting perspective on what I’ve always found to be a fascinating part of Scotland’s recent history.

David Charles

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