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