A spe­cial Christ­mas gift from down un­der

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

Ruther­glen peo­ple in need are to ben­e­fit from the gen­eros­ity of Ruther­glen, Aus­tralia.

Roberta Horne, a coun­cil­lor for Ruther­glen down un­der, re­cently dis­cov­ered var­i­ous con­nec­tions be­tween Ruther­glen in South La­nark­shire, and Ruther­glen, in Vic­to­ria, stretch­ing back to World War II.

To re-es­tab­lish the con­nec­tion, Coun­cil­lor Horne and the peo­ple of Ruther­glen in Indigo Shire have sent a spe­cial par­cel to our Ruther­glen, through Provost Eileen Lo­gan.

The par­cel was sent by sea, and ar­rived at the coun­cil’s head­quar­ters in Hamil­ton.

Touched by the gen­eros­ity, Provost Lo­gan de­cided to do­nate the pack­age to those who need it most, and gave it to the Sal­va­tion Army in King Street

Indigo Shire’s Coun­cil­lor Roberta Horne, who lives in Ruther­glen, said: “It has been quite an in­ter­est­ing jour­ney of dis­cov­ery about the links be­tween our two towns.

“In the early days of set­tle­ment Ruther­glen was known as Barkly.

“That was un­til a Scots­man by the name of John Wal­lace earned the right to name the town­ship after shout­ing a drink for ev­ery­one at a lo­cal pub­lic house. He named it Ruther­glen, after his home­town.

“With Ruther­glen’s trap shooter Gaye Shale pre­par­ing for the Com­mon­wealth Games, which were held in Glas­gow in July, the con­nec­tions be­tween our two towns gained mo­men­tum.

“Var­i­ous peo­ple, some of whom at­tended the Games, re­con­nected with fam­ily in Ruther­glen, Scot­land. This led to so many con­ver­sa­tions where other peo­ple re­mem­bered their own con­nec­tions with Scot­land’s Ruther­glen.

“Another strong con­nec­tion with Ruther­glen in Scot­land came about dur­ing WWII when the stu­dents and fam­i­lies of Ruther­glen Pri­mary School sent food parcels to their coun­ter­parts in Ruther­glen in Glas­gow.

“Now, to co- or­di­nate with the recog­ni­tion of the 100 year an­niver­sary of World War One in both coun­tries, our tourism or­gan­i­sa­tion, Des­ti­na­tion Ruther­glen has gath­ered a se­lec­tion of gourmet prod­ucts from Indigo Shire pro­duc­ers for another food par­cel to go to Ruther­glen in Scot­land.

“The par­cel con­tains jams, pick­les, Christ­mas pud­ding, cakes and oils from lo­cal pro­duc­ers.”

Provost Lo­gan said: “Dur­ing World War II , peo­ple in Ruther­glen, Aus­tralia, sent food parcels to here in Ruther­glen, South La­nark­shire. It’s such a kind ges­ture, and we’re de­lighted to re-es­tab­lish this link.

“In this day and age, it was very nice that the peo­ple in Aus­tralia took the time to think about send­ing this to us.

“I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted to have re­ceived this pack­age. It was a lovely sur­prise when we found all the lo­cal pro­duce inside, and I had to find a worth­while re­cip­i­ent.

“I thought about the Sal­va­tion Army straight away be­cause I’ve had good con­nec­tions with them over the last few years, so hope­fully this pack­age will come to be of use for their Christ­mas lunches.

Ma­jor Mike Watkins from the Sal­va­tion Army said: “It’s very kind, as it wasn’t some­thing we were ex­pect­ing to get, es­pe­cially com­ing from Aus­tralia.

“When the Provost got in touch, we were de­lighted, es­pe­cially with Christ­mas com­ing up and the meals we will be do­ing. It’s a nice lit­tle ex­tra for ev­ery­one. It’s a fan­tas­tic ges­ture, which we’ll make full use of.”

Coun­cil­lor Horne also sent Re­former ed­i­tor Kenny Smith a jar of jam and an Aussie tea towel.

Last year, the Ro­tary Club of Ruther­glen re­ceived a visit from their coun­ter­parts down un­der, who shared a slideshow of their town.

Thank you Provost Eileen Lo­gan presents a box of Aus­tralian pro­duce to Ma­jors Morag and Mike Watkins at the Ruther­glen Sal­va­tion Army

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