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Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

The ded­i­ca­tion of two poppy beds in Cam­bus­lang brought to an end days of re­mem­brance in the Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang area.

Rev Dr Leslie Mil­ton, of Cam­bus­lang Parish Church, took the ser­vice near the Miner’s Wheel statue on Hamil­ton Road.

De­pute Provost Pam Clearie and Coun­cil­lor Rus­sell Clearie, who played a key role in mak­ing the trib­ute hap­pen, were also there with other elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives and pupils from all eight Cam­bus­lang schools and exser­vice­men.

The two flower beds are shaped like mas­sive pop­pies while small white crosses were also planted.

A two-minute si­lence was held at 11am - ex­actly 96 years since the Great War ended.

The flower beds had come after com­mu­nity pres­sure for a per­ma­nent trib­ute to those who died.

Alex Black, who was in­stru­men­tal in get­ting the memo­rial put in place, said: “The ser­vice was great and we got a great wee turnout.

“There were a few ex-ser­vice­men and it was re­ally nice to see them. My son is eight and he was there, so we had peo­ple from eight to their 80s and to see that made me re­ally happy. ”

On Re­mem­brance Sun­day it­self, Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang paid trib­ute to those who gave their lives for their coun­try.

Church ser­vices across the two towns held a two-minute si­lence at 11am to mark the armistice that ended World War I in 1918.

Af­ter­wards, lo­cals headed to the Ceno­taph in Ruther­glen and war memo­rial at Cam­bus­lang Park for spe­cial cer­e­monies.

At Ruther­glen, there was a re­minder that we re­mem­ber not just those who died in two world wars when the name of RFN Charles McLaren, who was the killed dur­ing the Aden Emer­gency in 1967, was added to the list of fallen.

Cam­bus­lang Pri­mary School pupils plant white crosses in amongst the flow­ers Flags Mem­bers of the 217th Gil­bert­field Company of the Boy’s Bri­gade at the West­burn Ceme­tery war memo­rial Friends Exser­vice­men at Ruther­glen Ceno­taph We will re­mem­ber An ex-ser­vice­man pre­pares to lay his wreath

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