Landemer thanks you
On behalf of the Rutherglen Landemer Committee I would like to thank everyone who helped to make the Rutherglen Landemer Day 2016 such a big success.
Thanks are due to South Lanarkshire Council for their continuing support of the event and to the hard working team from SLC who worked throughout the day to make sure that everything ran smoothly.
We would like to thank our sponsors Arnold Clark, Clyde Gateway, the Rutherglen Community Council, The Rutherglen and Cambuslang Housing Association, the West and Wardlawhill Parish Church, the 20 Social Club and St John’s Masonic Lodge No.347.
Thanks too to Rutherglen Library, Rutherglen Town Hall, the Salvation Army, the Reformer, Camglen Radio and the ATC for their continuing support for our event.
Thanks are due to the hard working volunteers who set up their stalls to raise funds for a multitude of good causes and to the shop keepers who came out onto the Main Street to meet and greet their customers both old and new, helping to make Rutherglen’s Main Street a thriving bustling open air market place for the day.
Thanks to the St Andrew’s First Aid team and Police Scotland for ensuring that everyone was kept safe.
Thanks to the elected representatives, all six Rutherglen councillors, our MSPs and our MP and to Major Mary Boyd of the Salvation Army who all took time out of their busy schedules to come along and support the event.
A special thanks is due to Depute Provost Pam Clearie and her husband Russell, Immediate Past Provost.
Pam not only represented SLC in her official capacity, she also crowned Queen Jennifer, once again showing an unwavering support for Rutherglen Landemer Day.
Again this year Jim Cooke organised a great programme of entertainment and we would like to thank everyone who took part, with a special mention for the James Aiton Primary School choir and piper Jamie Wallace who provided the Queen’s entertainment.
My personal thanks go out to the committee, Ian and Jean Duncan, Robert Tennent, Gail Fulton, David MacFarlane and Jim Cooke, who all worked hard throughout the year to make sure the various Landemer events and Landemer Day itself ran smoothly.
The help given by Maureen McGarvey from Lifestyles, Craig Allerdice - Community Sport Hub Officer, Andrew Fountain - Cambuslang and Rutherglen Sports Council and Friends of Overtoun Park in organising the Sports’ Day and Fun Run cannot be overstated as more than 200 local school kids enjoyed taking part in these events.
The success of Landemer Day depends on the young folk of the Royal Burgh and once again our young people were a credit to their families and their schools and to the wider Rutherglen community. They clearly showed that Rutherglen has got plenty of talent .
When we see how well this year’s Landemer Queen Jennifer McLaughlin and her court - Evie Brightly, Lauren Thompson, Katie Herraghty, Jamie Lee Gibson, Kirsty Falconer, Jamie Drew McBride, Louise Graham and Eva Johnston - carried out their duties on the day, ably assisted by our Champion for the day Daniel Tate from the ATC and Katie Whiteside, our Dowager Queen, there is no doubt that our young stars have a bright future ahead and our best wishes go with them.
Dry weather always helps a lot but the success of any Landemer Day is down to the people of Rutherglen and surrounding areas who turn out to support our traditional gala day.
Landemer Day has changed over the years and for a number of reasons some of the events which took pride of place in the past have gone but we are encouraged by the fact that there are very many Ru’glen folk who continue to give their time, talents and energies to make sure we have a great day and this year was no different.
Thanks again to everyone who took part and remember with your help, support and participation next year’s event will be even better. Jim Nixon Chair, Rutherglen Landemer Committee
Sadly, however, I was not surprised. Not that Jo was attacked, but that an MP was. To me, it seemed sadly inevitable that this would happen at some point.
MPs, of whatever party, generally make themselves as accessible as possible to constituents – it has long been my view that you can only properly represent people if you have an appreciation of the impact of government policy and the wider economic circumstances that impact on people’s lives that comes with that accessibility and regular contact with your constituents.
In the time I was in parliament, it was the approach I sought to take.
However, an atmosphere and general impression of hostility, condemnation and lack of perspective contaminates a lot of political debate conducted in the simplistic environment of 140 character expressions of angry intolerance.
If we have – as we have had for at least the last three years – a political debate that is dominated by angrily and simplistically defining people by their difference, of grievance against the “other”, and of a lack of tolerance of different views to such an extent that it reaches an absurd fever pitch – then that atmosphere does little to help appreciate the balanced and careful not always black and white judgements that MPs make each and every day.
I feel for those, of all parties, struggling to make those judgements on behalf of their constituents.
In this case, I obviously feel particularly for Jo’s family. I did not know Jo all that well, although our paths had crossed, and I do know her husband, Brendan, but I know absolutely as a parent just how difficult it is to juggle a young family with being in parliament. But those children will now grow up without their mother for the most senseless, sad and pointless of reasons – just because she was trying to do her job.
I don’t mind admitting that when I eventually got home on Thursday evening, my instinctive reaction was to check on my children as they slept knowing how lucky they are and contemplating the sacrifices that MPs and MSPs make to try and do their job as well as they can. Tom Greatrex Former MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West