Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee don’t want a ‘slag­ging match’

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

The Lan­de­mer Com­mit­tee has said it does not wish to start a “slag­ging match” with a politi­cian af­ter a se­ries of com­ments made by MP Mar­garet Fer­rier.

The com­mit­tee is be­lieved to have been left dis­ap­pointed with Ms Fer­rier’s com­ments com­par­ing Lan­de­mer Day with Cam­bus­lang’s Sum­merfest.

We re­ported two weeks ago that Ms Fer­rier was call­ing on Sum­merfest in Cam­bus­lang to re­ceive the same £4100 fund­ing as Lan­de­mer.

She said Cam­bus­lang brought in more in coun­cil tax re­ceipts than Ruther­glen and rub­bished the coun­cil’s ex­pla­na­tion that Lan­de­mer was a his­toric event.

A spe­cial meet­ing, not open to the public, of the Lan­de­mer com­mit­tee was held at West and Ward­lawhill Church last Thurs­day to dis­cuss her com­ments.

The Re­former un­der­stands most of the com­mit­tee were un­happy with her com­ments, with some be­liev­ing they were di­vi­sive and could drive a wedge be­tween the two towns.

But it was de­cided not to take the is­sue fur­ther.

Af­ter the meet­ing sec­re­tary of the Lan­de­mer Com­mit­tee, Ian Dun­can said: “We do not wish to get in­volved in a slag­ging match with any politi­cian but we would like to point out that Lan­de­mer is not just a gala day but a week-long fes­ti­val of events.

“We or­gan­ise a sports day at the Lifestyle cen­tre, en­cour­ag­ing young­sters to get into sports as well as the fun run which is for school chil­dren all across Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang. All chil­dren who par­tic­i­pate are pre­sented with good qual­ity tro­phies.

“We also have an art s com­pe­ti­tion to en­cour­age art and a gen­eral knowl­edge schools quiz.

“We do not for­get our older res­i­dents and pay for en­ter­tain­ment at nurs­ing homes. This year it was David Walker House and last year Rodger Park with the Queen in at­ten­dance.

“It was quoted by Geral­dine McCann, head of ad­min­is­tra­tion and le­gal ser­vices, that both Lanimer and Lan­de­mer are large scale events with ad­di­tional his­toric as­pects.

“We are a non- po­lit­i­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion. Ar­ti­cle three of our con­sti­tu­tion states that we are non­po­lit­i­cal and non-sec­tar­ian and the com­mit­tee is open to all res­i­dents.”

Mar­garet Fer­rier MP said: “My sup­port for Sum­merfest is in no way an at­tack on Lan­de­mer Day, and I’m dis­ap­pointed it has been in­ter­preted by some as such. Lan­de­mer Day is fully de­serv­ing of the fi­nan­cial sup­port it re­ceives, and if there were ever moves to cut its fund­ing - as has hap­pened with Sum­merfest - then the Lan­de­mer Com­mit­tee would find me fight­ing their cor­ner with equal might.

“With a rapidly grow­ing pop­u­la­tion, and coun­cil tax in­come in­creas­ing at a rate of half a mil­lion pounds each year, Cam­bus­lang should see sup­port for it’s an­nual fes­ti­val main­tained, not cut.”

Lan­de­mer be­gan in 1974 with Sum­merfest start­ing in 2000.

Both Lan­de­mer and Lanimer Day re­ceive fund­ing through the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee while Sum­merfest ap­ply for a com­mu­nity grant through the lo­cal area com­mit­tee. They had re­ceived £4000 up un­til 2013 when the amount was halved to £2000.

My sup­port for Sum­merfest is in no way an at­tack on Lan­de­mer Day- Mar­garet Fer­rier MP

Pre­sent Lan­de­mer’s Lucy Em­slie pre­sented a gift to Mar­garet Fer­rier at last year’s event

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