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This song for Scotland could well be a better use of public funds

I AGREE with Frederick Jenkins that the £300,000 commission to find artwork for Glasgow's Commonwealth Games would have been better invested in finding a new Scottish national anthem (Letters, December 14) .

Mr Jenkins said that "surely there has to be, either in existence or still to be conceived, an anthem of high quality for Scotland".

I believe I have found it. Both the lyrics and the melody are heart-warming, inspiring and uplifting. I was recently at a party where the composer, Ken Morton, played a demo CD and handed out lyric sheets to test the reaction.

The reaction couldn't have been more positive. The song is ready for a full orchestra version, a pipe band version and also could be sung with a single voice. He is looking for a sponsor to help get to the next stage to help fund the orchestra and full recording:

Here are the lyrics:

A SONG FOR SCOTLAND

From the Highlands to the Islands

Over Scotland from sea to sea

Raise the Saltire and Lion Rampant

Fly them high and fly them free!

Far away from this land of the water of life

Sail across every ocean to see

Sons and daughters from home wherever they'd roamed

But it's always been Scotland for me

Northern sky Southern star whether near or afar

Home and hearth is wherever you be

And a welcome will ride with the wind and the tide

For it's always been Scotland for me.

From the Highlands to the Islands

Over Scotland from sea to sea

Raise the Saltire and Lion Rampant

Fly them high and fly them free!

Come one and all, may we answer the call!

For we harvest our own destiny

As we stand side by side, let us sing out with pride

It's always been Scotland for me!

So give me your hand and with pride in our hearts

Together we will make history

As I stand with you now my pledge is my vow

It will always be Scotland for me.

From the Highlands to the Islands

Over Scotland from sea to sea

Raise the Saltire and Lion Rampant

Fly them high and fly them free!

Gill Anderson,

28 Bradfield Avenue,

Kelvindale,

Glasgow.

IT is to be hoped that your article regarding the words of Auld Lang Syne will be read by Rod Stewart ("Let Auld Syne never be forgot", The Herald, December 28).

At the Remembrance Service in London and in his recent broadcast from Stirling he repeatedly sang "for the sake of Old Lang Zyne".

He should have known better, and as a fan of his I was extremely disappointed in his version of that wonderful song.

Mrs Sheena McLean,

110 Hillview Drive,

Clarkston,

East Renfrewshire.

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