Grave­stones were dam­aged by the weather

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

It has been re­vealed this week that dam­age to grave­stones in West­burn Ceme­tery was caused by the weather, rather than yobs.

The Re­former was con­tacted by sev­eral anx­ious lo­cal res­i­dents last week, who had gone to the ceme­tery to pay respects to their rel­a­tives, when they found that sev­eral grave­stones had been dam­aged.

They im­me­di­ately asked MP Tom Greatrex to join them to sur­vey the dam­age, be­liev­ing that the van­dals who had pre­vi­ously struck at the grave­yard had re­turned to wreak more havoc.

How­ever, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil staff have car­ried out a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and now be­lieve that the dam­age had been caused by the weather con­di­tions, rather than yobs.

Cam­bus­lang East SNP coun­cil­lor Chris­tine Deanie said: “Like ev­ery­one else, when I saw about the dam­age, I was as sick­ened and up­set as ev­ery­one else.

“With the his­tory of van­dal­ism in the grave­yard, it’s very easy to see why any­one see­ing dam­age there would think that was the cause of it.

“How­ever, the coun­cil have looked fur­ther into the dam­age, and it has def­i­nitely not been van­dals who caused it, and the po­lice have had no re­ports about this.

“It seems that the dam­age there has been as a re­sult of the weather, rather than in­di­vid­u­als push­ing over grave­stones.

“The grave­yard staff at West­burn do a tremen­dous job of tend­ing the plots there, and de­serve full credit for all the work that they do, en­sur­ing that when peo­ple are having the dif­fi­cul t job of go­ing to the ceme­tery, their visit is as pleas­ant as pos­si­ble.

“They always look af­ter the site, and de­serve a lot of credit.”

Chris­tine’s Cam­bus­lang West coun­ter­part Clare McColl has said peo­ple should con­sider in­sur­ing grave­stones and also sug­gested cre­at­ing a ‘Ceme­tery Sun­day’ group to go out four times a year and tend to graves with no fam­ily to look af­ter them.

An­drew Brown, whose mum and brother are buried in West­burn, tried to or­gan­ise a clear-up op­er­a­tion last week, but the coun­cil beat him too it.

How­ever, he’s de­ter­mined to con­tinue the fight to keep the ceme­tery clean.

He sug­gested a group to keep the grave­yard in good con­di­tion, some­thing that prompted a good re­sponse on the Face­book group, All About Cam­bus­lang.

Dam­age It was feared that grave­stones had been at­tacked by van­dals

Praise The staff at West­burn Ceme­tery have been praised for their hard work

Re­lieved Coun­cil­lor Chris­tine Deanie was pleased that dam­age to the grave­yard was caused by the weather, not van­dals

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