‘Mortified Money’ seniors lunch
Annual meet-up is a massive success once again
The historical Mortified Money lunch in Rutherglen took place at Rutherglen Old Parish Church.
South Lanarkshire provost Eileen Logan was joined by Rev Alan Raeburn and the trustees of the Rutherglen Mortified Money Fund in hosting 130 of the burgh’s finest senior citizens aged between 70 and 90.
The oldest person in attendance was 95-year-old Elizabeth Galston while James McIntyre, 84, had the honour of being the oldest man.
All the senior citizens who attended received £6 from the fund, as is the tradition each January.
Provost Logan said: “I always love coming along to this special lunch.
“It really is a most enjoyable way to start off my new year’s duties as provost.
“The chance to meet so many people with such a young at heart spirit was really inspiring.
“Everyone who came along to this great annual event was a delight to chat with and I wish them all the very best for the New Year.
“It was especially rewarding to meet this year’s oldest man and woman – they were wonderful company and really were enjoying themselves as much as I enjoyed being there.”
The exact history of the Mortified Money fund is unknown, mainly due to a lack of files detailing the establishment of it.
It was originally administered by the burgh council before it passed to the City of Glasgow District Council and South Lanarkshire Council.
The original purpose was “to help the poor people of Rutherglen”. When the category of “poor” became harder to define it was decided to use the money for the older citizens of the town.
Ladies who lunch Guests at the Mortified Money event looking forward to their lunch
Big smiles Guests chat with Margaret Ferrier MP and Councillor Gordon Clark
Guests Rev Alan Raeburn with Margaret Robinson and Provost Eileen Logan and two guests
Having a chat Senior citizens enjoy a chat with councillors Robert Brown and Gerard Killen
Cash in hand Provost Eileen Logan presents money to the oldest woman Elizabeth Galston, 95, and oldest man James McIntyre, 84