'By the time you read it I shall be dead...' Scotsman reader has final letter published

A reader of The Scotsman has arranged for a final piece in the letters page to appear after his death.

David Fiddimore was a regular letter writer to the paper. The former customs officer and author arranged for the letter to be published before he died of cancer.

Scotsman letters and obituaries editor Ashley Davies said: "He really felt part of the Scotsman community and I, for one, will really miss his letters."

Fiddimore wrote in today's edition:

"This really is a voice from beyond the grave, because by the time you read it I shall be dead.

"It’s a brief note to thank those whose letters I have written in support, and those with whom I have crossed swords.

"Thank you for your wit, scholarship and humour – and just plain knowledge.

"It has been great fun being part of a letter-writing companionship.

"I believe strongly that the correspondence column of a newspaper is the true guardian of its very soul, and in these perilous times for printed newspapers your Scotsman needs you more than ever – so keep the keyboards rattling."



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