Fi­nal bell is set to ring

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page -

Well, at least we know at last – the Half-Time School is to bite the dust (Ex­press, Septem­ber 12).

The de­ci­sion to save it has been over­ruled by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

But there is a glim­mer of hope in that some of the stonework might be saved at this his­toric build­ing.

It is ex­tra­or­di­nary to think that the school was once packed with 400 girls who worked for the town’s mill own­ers J&P Coats.

But it is un­doubt­edly the case that this build­ing, which has been derelict and an eye­sore for so long, looks to have been beyond re­pair or rea­son­able restora­tion.

So, could it be that it is for the best that, given the ter­ri­ble state of what re­mains of the build­ing, it will be flat­tened and flats put up in its place?

Some­times you just have to ac­cept the in­evitable.


Talk­ing about your prob­lems can be the hard­est thing in the world.

But as we learnt from the fam­ily of Adam Al­croft who trag­i­cally took his own life aged just 23, it can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween mak­ing it through and not.

I want to com­mend the Al­croft fam­ily, who spoke out (PDE 12/09/18) about their loss dur­ing Sui­cide Preven­tion Week.

We need to do more to pro­mote an open­ness, among young men es­pe­cially, in dis­cussing their feel­ings.

Many fam­i­lies are af­fected by sui­cide, and many more peo­ple may at one time or an­other have con­sid­ered tak­ing their own life.

Men talk­ing about their prob­lems and is­sues should not be taboo .

I thank the Al­croft fam­ily for help­ing to start the process.

Thomas McLen­nan Pais­ley

Coun­cil­lor Eileen McCartin Scot­tish Lib­eral Democrats Pais­ley & Ren­frew­shire South Still hope Coun­cil­lor Eileen McCartin at the site

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