The SNP council at West Dunbartonshire have yet again let down the most vulnerable in our town with their announcement last week to close down many of our out of school care services.

The SNP has decided to close the out of school care service at Lennox with immediate effect and Clydebank and Linnvale out of school care services will close very soon.

Parents and carers in Clydebank have been given just four months’ notice of the closure and parents and carers at Linnvale have been given eight months’ notice of the SNP council’s intention to close their out of school service. Only St Eunan’s out of school service will remain in our town.

So much for the SNP’s false promises to protect frontline services. This marks a betrayal by the SNP of parents, carers, children and staff from each of these centres.

This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday and it will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Services will be held across West Dunbartonshire including services in Clydebank.

Our town’s main act of remembrance will be a 10.45am service inside Clydebank Town Hall and all members of the public are very welcome to join us prior to our poppy wreath laying ceremony at the memorial on Hall Street, Clydebank at 11am.

There will be a service at 10.45am in Old Kilpatrick at the Cenotaph at the Glen Lusset, and residents of Duntocher, Hardgate and Faifley are called upon to attend our local service at the war memorial on Roman Road, Duntocher, when the congregations of Duntocher Trinity Church and St Mary’s Duntocher will, as ever, come together to mark Remembrance Sunday with a ceremony at 12 noon.

It would be great to see a record turnout at our local events to remember the fallen in both world wars, the Blitz and all conflicts since the end of the Second World War.

Some have suggested bringing an end to such remembrance events 100 years on from the end of the First World War. In my opinion this would be quite wrong. We should continue to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we may enjoy our freedom and we should never forget them.

Please do come along and show your support for our acts of remembrance this Sunday.