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ELECTORS who wish to take advantage of a postal vote in the election in Carnoustie caused by the retiral of Ralph Palmer due to ill health have just over a week left to make all the arrangements.

The last date to register to vote, request a new postal vote or to change or cancel an existing postal or proxy vote for this election is Wednesday, January 19.

The last date to apply for a new proxy vote, except for medical emergencies, is Wednesday, January 26.

For further information electors in the area are requested to contact the electoral registration officer, Tayside Valuation Joint Board, Ravenswood, New Road, Forfar, DD8 2ZA, telephone 01307 462416, e-mail angus@tayside-vjb.gov.uk or visit the Electoral Commission’s website at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk.

Further information on the election can be obtained by visiting the Angus Council website at www.angus.gov.uk or by contacting a member of the election team on 01307 476060, e-mail elections@angus.gov.uk.

Nominations for the contest close at 4 p.m. next Wednesday (January 12) and the poll will be held on Thursday, February 3.

So far, four candidates have thrown their hats in the ring. They are Ron Thoms, Labour; Charles Goodall, Lib-Dem; Brian Boyd, Independent; and Ed Oswald, Scottish National Party.

A Conservative candidate will be revealed at the beginning of next week once due process has been completed by the Dundee branch of the Conservative Party.

Ed Oswald is well known in the burgh through his community activities and is currently vice-chair of Carnoustie Community Council. He is also a member of the town’s Gala Committee, Crime Prevention Panel and Horticultural Society.

Brian Boyd is a former Carnoustie Citizen of the Year and is well known locally for his charity work and as compere for many community events including Gala Day for over 10 years. He too is a member of Carnoustie Crime Prevention Panel and has been actively involved with Carnoustie Musical Society and Carnoustie Theatre Club.

Charles Goodall is chair of Carnoustie Forward and has been a member and office-bearer of the Federation of Small Businesses for many years.

He has also been at the forefront of the development of Angus Reputable Traders’ Scheme and is involved with Carnoustie Business Association, the Rotary Club of Carnoustie, Carnoustie Rugby Club and Carnoustie Musical Society.

Ron Thoms was born and brought up in Dundee and has lived in Carnoustie for the past two years.

He is actively involved with the Oyster Trust in Arbroath and is treasurer of the Tay Valley Historical Society and a member of Dundee Speakers’ Club.

He has recently joined Carnoustie Probus Club and is a member of Carnoustie Golf Club.