Lan­de­mer thanks you

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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

Jo’smur­der­no­tashock EU­good­for­busi­ness

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