Su­per­county takes its fi­nal cur­tain call on 21st birth­day

Doors close on civic pride campaign

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

It is the end of an era for Su­per­county, as La­nark­shire’s civic pride campaign has been wound up fol­low­ing its 21st an­niver­sary.

It was led for its en­tire 21 years by chair­man Ian Liv­ing­stone, who be­came in­volved through his role with La­nark­shire Devel­op­ment Agency (LDA) at the time of Raven­scraig’s clo­sure and sub­se­quently Su­per­county’s foun­da­tion.

Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen be­came a part of the Su­per­county area in 1996 with the cre­ation of South La­nark­shire, and over the years, many peo­ple and groups have ben­e­fit­ted from the or­gan­i­sa­tion, who were always there to sup­port groups with cheques.

Ian said: “The clo­sure of the steel­works in 1992 was cat­a­strophic for the county and the LDA was charged with re­gen­er­at­ing busi­ness, jobs and the lo­cal econ­omy – but a vi­tal part of this task in­volved the morale of the peo­ple in the area.

“Su­per­county was founded to re­mind them that they had much to be proud of, even in those dark times.”

Its pop­u­lar an­nual school events in­cluded a pri­mary school choir fes­ti­val, the sec­ondary Su­per­show – which fea­tured early per­for­mances from X Fac­tor runner-up Ni­cholas McDon­ald and Amore so­prano Mon­ica McGhee – plus a sports fes­ti­val, triathlon and at­ten­dance awards.

Com­mu­nity work in­cluded en­vi­ron­men­tal

schemes, fun days and the La­nark­shire Cup for un­der-17 foot­ballers plus awards cer­e­monies for county busi­nesses and com­mu­nity cham­pi­ons and a lead­ing role in the suc­cess­ful in­ter­na­tional chil­dren’s games in 2011.

The campaign’s fi­nal event was Cel­e­brat­ing La­nark­shire 2013, hon­our­ing the county’s achieve­ments to tie in with the 200th an­niver­sary of the birth of ex­plorer David Liv­ing­stone.

Ian Liv­ing­stone said: “It was a per­fect way to sum up what Su­per­county was all about.

“We were filled with pride and re­minded of peo­ple’s con­tin­u­ing con­tri­bu­tions.

“I have been hon­oured to work with an in­spir­ing col­lec­tion of peo­ple at Su­per­county but most im­por­tant was the con­tri­bu­tion of the peo­ple who make La­nark­shire what it is.”

His­tory com­ing to life St Mark’s pupils with the chair­man of Su­per­county Ian Liv­ing­stone and head teacher Brenda McNott in March last year, as they join ‘Henry Mor­ton Stan­ley’, played by Paul Kozin­ski and ‘David Liv­ing­stone’ played by Ja­nis Mar­shall Reilly in a show sup­ported by Su­per­county

On the ball Pupils from Cathkin High School won the Su­per­county La­nark­shire schools S1/S2 rugby cham­pi­onships for the third time in five years in May 2006

Well done The Manor Way Neigh­bour­hood Watch Area in Burn­side was pre­sented with the La­nark­shire Car­ing Com­mu­nity Award for 2009 by Su­per­county

Show stop­pers Su­per­county Su­per­show stars of 2009 in­cluded lo­cal high school pupils De­clan Gor­man, Ciaran Pryce, Calum Ste­wart, Ross McGre­gor and Mar­cus McLuskey who are pic­turted here with South La­nark­shire Provost Rus­sell Crearie and Tom Cur­ley

Bowled over Young bowlers from Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen Sports Coun­cil were in top form in Septem­ber 2004 as they emerged as the over­all chal­lenge shield win­ners at the Su­per­county South La­nark­shire Ju­nior In­ter-Area Bowls Chal­lenge, held at Tem­ple­ton Bowl­ing Club.

Bag it and bin it Burn­side ac­tress Blythe Duff launches a Su­per­county event back­ing the po­lice’s lit­ter crack­down in the 1990s

You’re his­tory Ruther­glen Her­itage So­ci­ety mem­bers Jim Bolton, Gill Owen, Lil­ian MacDon­ald and David Jack­son ac­cept a cheque from Su­per­county

Pic­ture per­fect So­phie Quigg from Cathkin Pri­mary and Ian Col­burn from St Charles’, proudly dis­play their framed paint­ings to of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing Su­per­county’s John Scott, af­ter tak­ing part in the art-based County Gal­leries project or­gan­ised jointly by Su­per­county and South La­nark­shire Ed­u­ca­tion, in June 2008

Held in time James Ai­ton pupils (front from left) Tione Sa­mazie, Kay­den Miller, Cyrus Liu, El­lie Hamil­ton and (back from left) Maha Haq, Ben Rich­ford and Mia Dun­can, with head of Su­per­county John Scott (left), Coun­cil­lor Rus­sell Clearie and Prin­ci­pal Teacher Ali­son Im­rie at their time cap­sule, buried in Septem­ber last year

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