Councillor leaves garden project over health issues
Clearie seeks replacement to take over building vets’garden
Councillor Russell Clearie has been forced to take a step back from the Cambuslang Garden of Remembrance project that he helped get under way.
The 69- year- old had hoped to see the project through to a conclusion, but he has decided to step down due to health reasons.
He now wants someone else to come forward and oversee the creation of the garden in central Cambuslang.
A committee has already been set up and fundraising is under way for the project, which will honour those from the town who gave their lives in the First World War and subsequent conflicts.
Local solicitor Conn Duffy is the committee’s chair, but Councillor Clearie had been playing a leading role.
The member for Cambuslang West said this week: “[My wife] Pam told me I shouldn’t take on a big project, but these people gave the ultimate sacrifice, so I wanted to start it.
“There’s already a lot of work gone into it. We’ve got 362 lives lost in the First World War, two of whom are women.
“Ian Forsyth, of the Royal British Legion, didn’t realise the ladies were killed in the First World War.”
South Lanarkshire Council have gifted land between the Toll Pitch Pavilion and Miner’s Wheel on Hamilton Road for the project.
It was the site of two poppyshaped flowerbeds last year. The committee hope to have the garden completed by 2017.
Councillor Clearie now wants someone else to fill his shoes.
He said: “I’m making an appeal, through the Reformer, to see if someone can take on the mantle. Whoever takes it on has all the office-bearers in place.
“The project is moving along nicely, an awful lot of work has already been done, but I think the benefit will outweigh the work.
“I would be grateful if someone can contact me, either through the Reformer or through myself, and I can meet with them.”
The garden is set to be 8x8m and will be based on a similar facility at Craigneuk near Motherwell.
It will not replace the war memorial in the park, which will still be used for services, but Councillor Clearie hopes it will allow older veterans in the area the chance to pay their respects if they can’t get up to the park.
Anyone interested in donating should make cheques payable to “Cambuslang Remembrance Garden.”
Councillor Clearie can be contacted on 07748114560 or at home on 0141 642 0794.
Tough decision Councillor Russell Clearie (back, left) is stepping down
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