Coun­cil­lor leaves gar­den project over health is­sues

Clearie seeks re­place­ment to take over build­ing vets’gar­den

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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

Sup­port Gar­den project has en­joyed sup­port from all ages

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