In the pic­ture

New Royal Burgh cal­en­dar is re­leased

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Two tal­ented friends are hop­ing to raise money for a good cause after cre­at­ing their sec­ond Ruther­glenin­spired cal­en­dar.

Jan Robert­son and Jim Car­roll first came up with the idea last year, with their 2014 ef­fort prov­ing a hit.

So the pair have once again come to­gether to cre­ate Ruther­glen ‘Ex Fumo Fama’ cal­en­dars for 2015.

This time, 50p from ev­ery one sold will go to the Sal­va­tion Army.

As well as the more fa­mous land­marks, the likes of Ruther­glen Bowl­ing Club is in­cluded, while the pair have teamed up with the Ruther­glen Her­itage So­ci­ety for some months.

Also fea­tured is the Isle of Ar­ran bell. The ship, Isle of Ar­ran, was built in Ruther­glen with the bell be­ing rung to sig­nal the clo­sure each day of the li­brary.

De­spite com­ing from East Kil­bride, Jan (62) reck­ons Ruther­glen is the per­fect town to pho­to­graph.

She added: “We’ve tried to in­clude more - new scenes and new build­ings, as well as pro­vide peo­ple with more in­for­ma­tion.

“Lo­cal busi­nesses were very keen to help, so we re­ally need to thank them. They helped make this pos­si­ble.

“We de­cided to give some­thing to the Sal­va­tion Army be­cause of the work they do for lo­cal folk. They run a crèche for chil­dren and have things like a lunch club.”

Jan and Jim de­cided to team up after find­ing them­selves un­em­ployed last year.

They have also ex­panded this year, pro­duc­ing a range of Ruther­glen tea tow­els fea­tur­ing the Town Hall.

They also have photo cards and a cloth bag fea­tur­ing the Dr Gor­man statue with a cone on its head, as well as the cheeky mes­sage: “If it’s good enough for Glas­gow, well, Ru­glen can do it even bet­ter!”

Jan joked: “It’s a real send up if the Duke of Wellington statue, after all, Glas­gow is just sa sub­urb of Ruther­glen.”

Jan and Jim, who comes from Burn­side, will showcase their items at a Christ­mas Fayre in Ruther­glen Town Hall on Satur­day, Novem­ber 29 (the day of the Christ­mas light be­tween 10am and 4pm.

The cal­en­dars cost £6.50 with 50p from each sale go­ing to the Sal­va­tion Army.


Dou­ble date Jan Robert­son and Jim Car­roll with last year’s Ruther­glen cal­en­dar

Cone head The photo cards take a cheeky swipe at Glas­gow

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