Me­mo­rial re­mem­bers the sac­ri­fice Navy ser­vice­man Mark Hen­der­son made for his coun­try

Rutherglen Reformer - - Memory Lane -

As a coun­cil­lor you get to do many dif­fer­ent and var­ied things.

As well as the for­mal com­mit­tee meet­ings, there are many op­por­tu­ni­ties to go round lo­cal groups and see the ex­tent of the work which vol­un­teers put in to our lo­cal area.

With Vol­un­teers Week re­cently passed, it seems only fit­ting to pay trib­ute to the real cham­pi­ons of our com­mu­ni­ties.

Last week­end I was priv­i­leged to at­tend a spe­cial ser­vice at Cam­bus­lang Parish Church to mark the ded­i­ca­tion of a plaque in mem­ory of Mark Hen­der­son.

Last Sun­day marked 33 years since the end of the Falk­lands con­flict. Mark Hen­der­son was one of 13 Royal Navy ser­vice­men to die when HMS Glam­or­gan was hit by an Ex­o­cet mis­sile on 12th June 1982.

Since the con­flict there has not been any per­ma­nent me­mo­rial of Mark Hen­der­son in Cam­bus­lang and his mum has fought a very brave fight to get this fixed.

I was hon­oured to speak with her on Ar­mistice Day last year as she ex­pressed her hope that a per­ma­nent me­mo­rial could be found to her son.

Fi­nally this has now come to pass and the ser­vice on Sun­day was a very poignant and fit­ting trib­ute to Mark’s life and the sac­ri­fice he made for his coun­try.

Placed next to the many other me­mo­ri­als the church has, the new plaque, which has been sup­ported by both Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil and South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, gives the per­ma­nent place to which Mark Hen­der­son’s mem­ory de­serves.

David Thom­son, vice chair of Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, has worked in­cred­i­bly hard to keep push­ing this is­sue and de­serves spe­cial thanks.

Rev Les­lie Milton from Cam­bus­lang Parish Church as well as the kirk ses­sion also should be thanked for agree­ing to add this plaque in the Church.

On a per­sonal note I would also like to thank the coun­cil leader Ed­die McAvoy for his help and as­sis­tance in get­ting South La­nark­shire Coun­cil to sup­port this pro­ject.

Still on the sub­ject of vol­un­teers, the Holmhills Park Clean Up or­gan­ised by Michelle Farmer was a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to make a real dif­fer­ence in a short space of time.

It was also great to see so many young peo­ple come out on a Sun­day af­ter­noon to do this im­por­tant work.

There is so much go­ing on in our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and we should al­ways be grate­ful for the hard work of our vol­un­teers who add so much to our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

Trib­ute Coun­cil­lor Richard Tul­lett (right), with David Thom­son from Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, af­ter un­veil­ing the plaque to re­mem­ber Mark Hen­der­son, who died in the Falk­lands War

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