Stan’s our man say Ru­glo­ni­ans

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Ru­glo­ni­ans have been left be­mused af­ter it was an­nounced one of the town’s most fa­mous res­i­dents was set to be hon­oured - in Glasgow.

Stan Lau­rel spent much of his youth liv­ing on Buchanan Drive and Stonelaw Road and at­tended Ruther­glen Academy.

But when he was nom­i­nated for a com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque at a place he grew up, a ten­e­ment block in Glasgow’s Craig­mil­lar Road was cho­sen in­stead.

The plaque will be erected by His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land, who run the scheme to al­low the public to nom­i­nate his­toric fig­ures who de­serve to be cel­e­brated and com­mem­o­rated.

Stan, who went on to en­joy world­wide fame as one half of leg­endary com­edy duo, Lau­rel and Hardy, was born in the north of Eng­land in 1890 but moved to Scot­land when his dad got a job as man­ager of Glasgow’s Metropole Theatre. He com­pleted his ed­u­ca­tion at Ruther­glen.

Tommy Rooney, chair of Ruther­glen Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, said he would sup­port any at­tempt to hon­our Stan in the Royal Burgh.

He said: “He was raised here, it would be nice if we had some­thing to let peo­ple know that.

“You see these plaques all over the place, and he would cer­tainly de­serve one. You’ve got the her­itage trail here as well and it is amaz­ing the num­ber of peo­ple you meet at the var­i­ous points on it.”

Lo­cal writer and his­to­rian Dorothy Con­nor said: “We have al­ways con­sid­ered him to be one of our own and I be­lieve he lived in Stonelaw Road and in Buchanan Drive, Ruther­glen. He at­tended Ruther­glen Academy (my old school) and he would not have been able to do that if he lived there.”

Stan did live at the Glasgow ad­dress, al­though it is un­clear how long the fam­ily stayed in any of the lo­ca­tions.

A spokesper­son for His­tor i c En­vi­ron­men­tal Scot­land said it was up to the per­son nom­i­nat­ing the in­di­vid­ual to sug­gest a lo­ca­tion.

Stan was one of 12 peo­ple with links to Scot­land com­mem­o­rated in the lat­est an­nounce­ment.

Martin Fair­ley, Head of Grants at His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land, said: “The idea of the scheme is to al­low the public to tell us which his­toric fig­ures de­serve to be cel­e­brated and com­mem­o­rated.

“By in­stalling a plaque on a build­ing closely as­so­ci­ated with that per­son we hope to em­pha­sise the so­cial and hu­man el­e­ment of lo­cal ar­chi­tec­ture.

“Af­ter all, a build­ing can have a great in­flu­ence on the char­ac­ter of the per­son who lived or worked there.

“This lat­est batch of nom­i­na­tions pro­vides some fine ex­am­ples of that, as well as some prom­i­nent fig­ures, from Stan Lau­rel, to No­bel Prize win­ning physi­cist Max Born, fa­mous bi­og­ra­pher James Boswell, and med­i­cal pi­o­neer Dr Flora Mur­ray, to name just a few.”

Icons Stan Lau­rel (right) with his fa­mous com­edy side­kick, Oliver Hardy

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