Bank­ing on gar­den plan

Re­mem­brance group re­ceives a boost

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Plans to cre­ate a gar­den of re­mem­brance in cen­tral Cam­bus­lang have taken a mas­sive step for­ward.

The Cam­bus­lang Re­mem­brance Gar­den Group is now fully con­sti­tuted with a reg­is­tered bank ac­count af­ter first be­ing mooted in the spring of last year.

Ini­tially pro­posed by Coun­cil­lor Rus­sell Clearie, who had to step down due to health rea­sons, the or­gan­i­sa­tion hope to press for­ward with their plans.

Trea­surer Hilda Allison told the Re­former the project would now be de­liv­ered in three parts.

The first will see the erec­tion of me­mo­rial boards at the war me­mo­rial in Cam­bus­lang Park.

Th­ese will in­clude the names of all those who gave the ultimate sac­ri­fice in the Great War.

Two benches will be put in place to al­low peo­ple vis­it­ing to en­joy a rest.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil are sup­port­ing the group with fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for the benches which are ex­pected to be in place be­fore this year’s Armistice Day com­mem­o­ra­tions on Novem­ber 11.

The ac­tual gar­den will be at the Toll Pitch, near the Miner’s Wheel. This land was gifted to the group by the coun­cil.

A pa­tio area will be cre­ated with plaques to those who gave their lives in both world wars and other con­flicts.

Plaques will also be put in place to hon­our Cam­bus­lang’s two Vic­to­ria Cross re­cip­i­ents as well as Mark Hen­der­son, who was killed dur­ing the Falk­lands War. Benches will be in­stalled with dis­abled ac­cess in­cluded.

Fi­nally, the group hope to de­sign a small book­let with the names of those who gave the ultimate sac­ri­fice in World War One as well as some po­ems from a lo­cal miner of the era.

The project is ex­pected to cost be­tween £16,000 and £18,000 with fundrais­ing al­ready un­der­way. The com­mit­tee are now hop­ing to get other res­i­dents in­volved and any­one want­ing to help out is asked to get in touch.

The Toll Pitch site was pre­vi­ously home to two poppy-shaped flower beds for re­mem­brance ser­vices in 2014.

Lest we for­get The poppy beds at Toll Pitch were a pop­u­lar ad­di­tion to the town

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