World War II ex­hi­bi­tion in Ruther­glen Li­brary

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Ruther­glen res­i­dents can dis­cover what it was like in the Royal Burgh dur­ing wartime over the com­ing weeks.

Ruther­glen Li­brary is cur­rently run­ning an ex­hi­bi­tion, World War II in Ruther­glen, which was of­fi­cially opened to tie in with the VE Day an­niver­sary.

Vis­i­tors are able to view the Roll of Hon­our list­ing more than 200 Ruther­glen folk who lost their lives in the con­flict and lo­cals are be­ing en­cour­aged to leave their writ­ten mem­o­ries and com­ments when they visit.

Fold­ers are avail­able on a num­ber of WW2 top­ics, in­clud­ing the sto­ries of lo­cal men who were taken prisoner and items from the war, in­clud­ing a gas mask and medals.

Vis­i­tors will also be able to read about how Ruther­glen played her part in the af­ter­math of the Cly­de­bank Blitz in 1941 by look­ing af­ter those made home­less by the bomb­ing in 1941.

Lo­cal writer Dorothy Con­nor is do­ing a talk next month. On Thurs­day, June 18, from 6-7pm, Dorothy will speak about Dear Cathie - A Ruther­glen Sol­dier’s Let­ters Home from the‘Forgotten Army’of World War II in Burma.

Read by his daugh­ter Dorothy, th­ese let­ters were sent from the front­line in Burma by sol­dier Jack Con­nor to his sis­ter Cathie who was back home in Ruther­glen.

Tick­ets are £2, from Ruther­glen Li­brary, where tea and cof­fee will be pro­vided.

Some of th­ese WW2 sto­ries fea­ture in Dorothy’s popular book Home Town Tales, avail­able in Ruther­glen Li­brary. Signed copies will be avail­able at the talk.

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