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It was another busy week on the Hamilton Advertiser’s Facebook page as our readers rushed to pay tribute to tragic Blantyre teen Darren Valentine.
Celtic fan Darren (17) passed away after battling sarcoma, a rare cancer of the spine.
Anne Grogan paid tribute, saying: “RIP young man.”
Annmarie Rooney added:“so sad RIP young man, fly high with the angels.” Melanie Mclear said:“god bless.” And Andrew Anderson added:“rip taken far too young.”
Josephine Scott posted:“very sad RIP.”
Another story to shake Hamilton last week was the devastating town centre fire at Tyre Factory, the site of the Sponge‘n’hoses car wash.
Heather Allen said:“best bunch of guys. Horrible. They’ll be back on their feet in no time cos they’re well loved.”
Jane Paterson posted:“sorry to hear about this, knowing the guys they will be up and running again asap.”
Katyoud said:“mark Gillies looks like a bad one.”
Elaine Currie said:“pure shame for them.”
Steven Mclaughlin said:“hardworking family who have more than one local business and are well known in the area.
“A bunch of mates working together providing second-to-none service.”
Another story hitting the headlines last week was that of brave a Blantyre tot who is now facing her fourth open-heart surgery.
Ella Rose Gilbertson was born on March 17 last year with a rare congenital heart defect.
Her parents, Charlene and Mark, had no warning about their baby’s condition.
From the moment she was born, the child was critically ill and needed specialised help to give her a chance of survival.
And a charity event organised by her family raised £10,000 for the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, where she had received treatment.
Readers were quick to respond and pass on their well wishes to the 17-month-old.
Heather Thomson posted:“god Bless you sweetheart xxxx.” Margaret Martin said:“wee soul.” And Jimmy Millar posted: God Bless x.”
Linda Mcstay added:“warrior xx.”