MSP Kelly lodges mo­tion to recog­nise our land­mark

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

James Kelly MSP lodged a mo­tion with the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment ac­knowl­edg­ing the Re­former’s 140th birth­day.

It reads: “That the Par­lia­ment con­grat­u­lates the Ruther­glen Re­former on its 140th an­niver­sary; be­lieves that it has played a valu­able role in the Ruther­glen con­stituency over the years and plays a vi­tal civic role in pro­mot­ing lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and high­light­ing mat­ters in the pub­lic in­ter­est, and hopes that it will con­tinue to serve Ruther­glen for many more years to come.”

Mr Kelly said: “I first came across the Re­former when I used to de­liver the pa­per from Mckie’s newsagents in Half­way. It used to come out on Thurs­day then and I en­joyed read­ing it on the way round the de­liv­ery run.

“I can re­mem­ber the first time I saw my name in the pa­per on a re­port about Cam­bus­lang Har­ri­ers. As the lo­cal MSP, I see the valu­able role that the Re­former plays in our lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“That is why I have lodged a par­lia­men­tary mo­tion recog­nis­ing this im­por­tant land­mark.”

And Marg­eret Fer­rier MP said: “Many happy re­turns to the Ruther­glen Re­former. One hun­dred and forty years is a for­mi­da­ble m i l e s t o n e, and an achieve­ment to be truly cel­e­brated. The Burgh has changed con­sid­er­ably over the last 140 years, and the Re­former has changed with it.

“The pa­per is a re­flec­tion of, and a voice for the lo­cal com­mu­nity. To­day it stands, as it did 140 years ago, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Ruther­glen of our time.

“I have ev­ery con­fi­dence that the cur­rent team are the best placed to care­fully stew­ard the pa­per into its next decade, and to­wards a truly land­mark 150th birth­day.

“A sin­cere con­grat­u­la­tions and thanks to all those in­volved over the years with the run­ning of the pa­per.”

Mo­tion James Kelly MSP

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