Im­ages of the past

Her­itage group un­earth pic­tures

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

The Re­former is tak­ing read­ers on a trip back in time this week – as we present some stun­ning im­ages from a by­gone era.

Last year, a pri­vate col­lec­tion of stun­ning ne­ver­be­fore- scenes from the town’s past were dis­cov­ered by the Cam­bus­lang Her­itage Group.

The group was work­ing on a Her­itage Lottery funded two- year lo­cal history pro­ject, which was held in the Cam­bus­lang In­sti­tute in May to great ac­claim.

A lo­cal res­i­dent had in his pos­ses­sion pic­tures taken by his grand­fa­ther, a keen am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­pher, show­ing life in Cam­bus­lang at the end of the 19th cen­tury up to the early 1920s.

The pic­tures were im­mac­u­lately pre­served as glass plates, and a mem­ber of the her­itage group – him­self a keen pho­tog­ra­pher – was able to dig­i­tally clean the im­ages up and re­store them to their full glory. A few of these pic­tures have been used in pre­vi­ous publi­ca­tions.

How­ever, the ma­jor­ity had not been seen for well over 100 years

Many of the im­ages were pre­sented for show at the ex­hi­bi­tion, and this week, Nor­man Rae from the her­itage group pro­vided the Re­former with many of these, to be seen by the wider public who may not have been able to at­tend at the In­sti­tute.

He said: “We were de­lighted to have been en­trusted with these stun­ning pic­tures, which show a Cam­bus­lang which you wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily recog­nise right away.

“It’s a fas­ci­nat­ing look into the past.

“And it’s an in­cred­i­ble thought that ev­ery­one in these pic­tures from so long ago has now passed away.

“The pic­tures were greatly ap­pre­ci­ated, and it’s nice to be able to share these with the good peo­ple who read the Re­former.”

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