Lennox Herald : 2020-05-19

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22 www.lennoxhera­ld.co.uk 19.05.2020 FRASER CLARKE A dull wall between Dumbarton and Renton is set to be transforme­d by local artist Barry the Cat – with residents being asked to help design it. very plain and boring, and that’s a real shame – especially with it being on the Kiltwalk route. “The idea came from the community work we’ve been doing recently. We’ve been working with Dumbarton Area Council on Alcohol to help people battling addiction, as well as with schools locally which has given us a real connection with the area. “Everyone has a shared passion for the environmen­t and there’s a lot of togetherne­ss in the local community. “With isolation it would be terrible to lose all that, so we’re hoping that this is something that can help bring people together during this time. “It can be for people who don’t want 2020 to be forgotten about, despite everything that’s gone on. “A lot of people take the Leven and Loch Lomond for granted locally, but during their one hour a day walk or whatever then people are now starting to appreciate the surroundin­gs a bit more. “I reckon a lot of people will put a strong focus on the NHS because of the incredible work they’ve been doing, people are missing their families too and sport which is something that there’s a lot of passion for – so it might be included too.” The theme ‘what makes you proud of living, working or visiting the local area’ opens up a wide potential of designs, with the wall being split into four sections. Fergus continued: “The wall will be divided into primary schools, high schools, community groups and social media followers – who are the ones who have given us the most interactio­n so far. “We want to target as many people as possible. Kids have been so creative with window displays for the NHS, so it would be great to have them involved here as well and leave something lasting. “It would be good to get the word out to care homes as well to help people who are isolated there focus on what they are looking forward to once this is over, and thank those looking after them. “Personally I am a keen angler, so I’d love to be out fishing, but I’d also love to be out meeting up with my family and friends. “I was supposed to be going to The Killers gig – but obviously that’s been cancelled now, so I’d incorporat­e going to gigs in there as well. “We don’t want just one winner for each section, we’re looking at incorporat­ing maybe five or six designs into each part of the wall which link to an overall theme. “I personally quite like a landscape mural with different parts to it, and that’s something that Barry the Cat has done with the India Street mural, so I’d love to see a variation on that.” Entries, which can be drawn, sketched or computer generated, can be scanned in or photograph­ed and sent to l. lomondfish­eriestrust@gmail.com. The space on the banks of the Leven is a support for the busy A82, with Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust being awarded the grant to help spruce it up. And they are now hoping that people from throughout Dumbarton and the Vale will be able to draw up designs celebratin­g all that’s great about the local area. Fergus McFarlane of Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust hopes that people will use the opportunit­y to highlight what they have missed most during lockdown. He said: “At the moment the wall is Appeal launched for moggies in need FRASER CLARKE essential items and have them delivered, with them unable to accept face-to-face deliveries. The list includes gourmet cat food and wood pellet litter. Kim Mackrell, assistant manager at the Dumbarton Road centre explained the situation. She said:“We’re currently caring for 28 cats and they are going through food and litter at an alarming rate. “We know that times are uncertain but we are asking that people don’t forget the animals. “To continue to give the animals the best possible chance at finding a forever home, we need help from members of the public. “Due to the ongoing coronaviru­s pandemic we can only accept donations sent directly to us from Amazon or any other online retailer with a delivery service. “We understand that times are difficult just now but we would appreciate anything people can spare.” Animal lovers inWest Dunbartons­hire are being urged to help out the area’s cats in need. Moggies at the Scottish SPCA’s rescue and rehoming centre in Milton are in urgent need of more food and litter supplies, with the public unable to rehome any of the 28 cats currently in their care. As a result the centre is appealing to generous locals to help purchase the

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