Final bell is set to ring
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