SIR - My wife and I were delighted to attend the preview of Castleberg Hospital reopening on Monday, September 30. It will reopen to patients on Monday, October 7.

This has been a long wait after a protracted and at times heated battle. However it is good to be able to report that the refurbishment appears to be first class. It is even better to learn that many of the staff who were there during 2017 prior to its sudden closure are now on site and keen to resume their duties.

Credit must be given to John Asher who so ably led this second campaign to keep our local hospital. Let those of us with long memories not forget the first time it was saved and the part Dr. Barry Brewster played in this. Perhaps he is looking down on Castleberg at this time with a wry smile. We owe these two people and all those others who have fought for the retention of Castleberg Hospital a great deal. Thank you.

Bob Swallow

Townhead Avenue