Van­dals de­stroy iconic Over­toun Park ‘faces’

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

A vol­un­tary com­mu­nity group have been left dev­as­tated af­ter van­dals knocked down one of Over­toun Park’s most trea­sured land­marks.

Mem­bers of the group, Friends of Over­toun Park, had been walk­ing through the pub­lic gar­dens near the Mill Street en­trance at the top of the hill on Wed­nes­day (Oc­to­ber 21) when they found the man-made wall had been pushed over.

It is feared that two of the wall’s rocks that sit in­side it, with sculp­tured faces on them, have been stolen dur­ing the de­struc­tion.

Eu­ge­nie Aroutch­eff of Friends of Over­toun Park said: “It’s a real mess. We are dev­as­tated. I went up to the park on Wed­nes­day and I was walk­ing past the top of the park near Over­toun Drive.

“There’s a wall with fea­tures with faces. The wall has been knocked down and I don’t know if some­one has taken the faces or if they’re still ly­ing un­der the rub­ble.

“It’s a man-made wall and is one of the fea­tures of the park. We think it has been knocked down pur­posely.

“They would have to have crossed over the flower beds to get there.

“It’s de­mor­al­is­ing. It’s a com­mon space and it is sad that this has hap­pened.

“We all fund raise to make the park bet­ter and it’s dis­ap­point­ing that peo­ple use it in­ap­pro­pri­ately.”

The enigmatic faces are pos­si­bly the most mys­te­ri­ous fea­ture of the park, with no clear idea of where they came from.

It has been sug­gested they are from the orig­i­nal Over­toun House on the site.

Stephen Kelly, Head of Fa­cil­i­ties, Waste and Ground Ser­vices said: “The coun­cil is aware of the dam­age to the wall and work to re­pair it has been sched­uled to be car­ried out within the com­ing weeks.”

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