Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Private Darren Lackie : To end , a nice article on Darren showing what a caring and thoughtful young man he was. R.I.P. Darren.

,Cupar centre receives messages of thanks from troops in Afghanistan
REGULARS at Cupar's Age Concern Centre said they were "delighted and moved" to receive messages of thanks from Black Watch soldiers in Afghanistan.

Centre-goers had clubbed together to send more than 100 goodwill parcels to troops in the war-torn country.

The shoeboxes contained items ranging from tea, coffee and biscuits to shower gel and toothpaste.

One note of thanks came from Private Darren Lackie, a Cupar native whose grandmother, Carol Halley, is a frequent visitor to the Provost Wynd centre.

Carol (72) said: "The idea came from Darren's mum, who thought we might like to send out some parcels.

"It's been a real team effort — everyone has brought something in."

Twenty-year-old Darren — who serves with the regiment's 6 Platoon — wrote that receiving the gifts had boosted his colleagues' morale.

He continued: "I'm a Cupar lad myself, so it was brilliant knowing there's so much support from the place I love and miss."

The thank you card from 6 Platoon featured an image of a Scottish soldier, with the legend 'Greetings from Jocks on the Line' underneath.

Among the other correspondence was a letter from the regiment's Padre, David Anderson, who explained that Black Watch troops had been heavily involved in Operation Panther's Claw in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province.

He added that Scotland could be "very proud of its brave young soldiers".

Centre users declared themselves "delighted" to receive the cards, with many admitting they had been deeply moved by the messages of thanks.

Betty Hepburn (75) said: "It was lovely — very nice to be appreciated.

"Hopefully it will give them a bit of luxury as well."

Anne Ronaldson, manager of the Age Concern centre, said that there were still 20 boxes to dispatch before the troops return home in November, and that any further donations would be gratefully received.