A sad way for Glas­gow to be back in the head­lines

Rutherglen Reformer - - Tom Greatrex - Com­mons Com­ment

The tragic events of last week in Glas­gow city cen­tre have touched many.

As has been re­marked by many from both near and far, it was a very sad way for Glas­gow to be back in the head­lines at the end of the year. Just over a year pre­vi­ously, the po­lice he­li­copter crash onto the Clutha bar claimed 10 lives – in­clud­ing Joe Cusker from Cam­bus­lang.

For Joe’s fam­ily, just as for the loved ones of those who sadly lost their lives in the city cen­tre on a busy pre-Christ­mas shop­ping day just last week, Christ­mas and the fes­tive pe­riod will be for­ever as­so­ci­ated with loss and grief.

With such ter­ri­ble news at the fore­front of our minds, it is easy to for­get the spec­tac­u­lar suc­cess that was the Com­mon­wealth Games ear­lier this year in and around Glas­gow (in­clud­ing the moun­tain bik­ing com­pe­ti­tion at the Cathkin Braes).

Like many oth­ers liv­ing in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang, from the lot­tery of the ticket sales, I got to see some sport I would not au­to­mat­i­cally have cho­sen – and, again with many oth­ers from our area, was one of the 15,000 Games­maker vol­un­teers tak­ing part at var­i­ous venues across the city.

In all three of those events over the last year or so, a tri­umph be­tween two tragedies, there have been many in­volved who de­serve grat­i­tude and recog­ni­tion alike. The re­sponse to the two sad events just a few hun­dred yards from each other in the city cen­tre were re­mark­able for the re­ac­tion and re­sponse of two groups of peo­ple.

Firstly, those who, by co­in­ci­dence, just hap­pened to be nearby and stepped in to do what they could to as­sist. It is of­ten

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