Bill’s poem gets royal approval

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A FORMER Galashiels KOSB pipe major has received a personal thank you message from The Queen after penning her a poem to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

Bill Heatlie, 82, now of Dalmeny near Queensferry, put together the piece before the Jubilee weekend at the start of June.

He only received a response from The Queen last week, which explained that it had taken her months to work through all her messages of congratulations.

Mr Heatlie, who left Galashiels in 1971 with wife Margaret, said: “I am delighted with the letter I got back.”

Mr Heatlie visited Malta and Jersey while a pipe major with the 4/5 battalion.