Addicted to The Scotsman for more than 65 years now, I heartily endorse David Fiddimore’s judgment (Letters, 19 June) that the correspondence column is “the true guardian of its soul”.
I have relished his letters, along with so many others from learned readers who provide factual evidence for their opinion.
Writing to you this rare example of praise from someone who had the old education that taught us to find only faults, I must take the opportunity to pay tribute to your columnist Joyce McMillan, who never fails to astonish and enlighten me with her information, insights and priorities – and never more so than today. Thank you.
(Rev) Jack Kellet
I had to re-read David Fiddimore’s last letter to The Scotsman twice to absorb its significance.
My first reaction was the normal human response to the idea of someone saying farewell from beyond the grave – sadness accompanied by a sense of shock, since Mr Fiddimore was such a prolific contributor to this newspaper’s correspondence section.
I imagined him sitting down to write those words, and it struck me that his correspondence must have played a very important part in his life, when losing this link with other, equally passionate contributors was in his mind as he approached death.
I like to think that, by sharing his last letter with us all, he has definitely had the last word this time. Good for you, Mr Fiddimore.
Broughty Ferry, Dundee
I was shocked and sorry to read from David Fiddimore himself that he had died, as no doubt will his legion of faithful readers not merely of his letters on myriad topics but of his books – particularly the Charlie Bassett war novel series about his radio operating reluctant war hero.
Thank you, David, for your wit and wisdom. Over and out!
Linn Park Gardens
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