Star Midge takes trip back to Cam­bus­lang

Singer loves town

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Midge Ure ap­peared on na­tional tele­vi­sion last week to speak about his time liv­ing in Cam­bus­lang.

The Ul­travox singer was on BBC’s The One Show, vis­it­ing the ar­eas he grew up in, and head­ing back to Stonelaw High, which he at­tended when it was Ruther­glen Academy.

Dur­ing the piece, Midge spoke about the role the town had played in he rise to star­dom.

He vis­ited the site of the ten­e­ment flat where he grew up, which is now the car park out­side Farm­foods be­hind the Main Street.

He said: “The ten­e­ments may have looked grim, but we were a com­mu­nity. I lived round the cor­ner from my gran and two aunts . As you were out play­ing, she would be hang­ing out the top floor of this ten­e­ment flat and she would make you up this piece and jam, stick it in­side a pa­per bag, tie it up, wrap the ends and throw it out the win­dow.”

Midge ex­plained that changes in and around the town meant his fam­ily moved to a home in Buck­ing­ham Drive in East­field, some­where he de­scribed as a “like a palace”.

He was al­ready dream­ing of a life in mu­sic at this point, and he learned to play gui­tar in the Stonelaw folk club.

Of his time at the then Ruther­glen Academy, he added: “I never felt com­fort­able in places like this, in halls like this.

“I didn’t quite fit academia, it had no in­ter­est to me so I im­mersed my­self in mu­sic.”

Midge also ex­plained why he does not use his given name, Jim.

He changed it while a mem­ber of Glas­gow band the Sal­va­tion, and said: “Jim [ band­mate, Jim McGin­ley] said ‘you are Jim Ure’ and I said, yeah, and he said ‘well I am Jim McGin­ley.

“And we can’t have two Jim’s so, as it’s my band and I am older, you’re now Midge’.

“He said it was ‘Jim’ spelled back­wards.”

Home­com­ing Midge Ure in Cam­bus­lang for the BBC’s One Show

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