AS a Barrhead councillor and Housing Convenor for East Renfrewshire I like to keep on top of any issues affecting the town. That is why I was delighted when the Barrhead News asked me to launch their online blog because I think this is a great platform to voice issues which concern people in our town.

I was appalled to hear that a 94-year-old woman was attacked and robbed in her own home last Friday.

The thugs responsible for this are cowards. How dare they think they have the right to bully and intimidate an innocent pensioner.

The woman suffered bruising to her wrists and no doubt now feels scared in her own home.

These cowards do not realise the consequences of the actions they are scourge on our community and I hope that the police act quickly to catch the them.

They have issued a description of the people responsible and I would urge anyone who may know any information to contact police straight away.

Last Sunday I was honoured to attend a remembrance service for those who lost their lives defending our country.

The service was very moving and once again the people of Barrhead turned up to show their support.

'It is important to honour the men and women who so bravely put their lives on the line fighting for our country.' The names of three local soldiers killed in the Ireland conflict have no also been added to the war memorial in Cowan Park.

Privates John C Hunter and William McKelvie Forsyth, both of the Scots Guards, who died in the Guildford pub bombings on August 5 1974, and Private Douglas McKelvie, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, killed on active duty in Northern Ireland on August 20 1979, were added to the war memorial.

It is a tribute to the men and their families that their names were added to the memorial and I know that it means a lot to them.

Until next week Danny Devlin