‘Mor­ti­fied Money’ se­niors lunch

An­nual meet-up is a mas­sive suc­cess once again

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Douglas Dickie

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.

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Ladies who lunch Guests at the Mor­ti­fied Money event look­ing for­ward to their lunch

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Big smiles Guests chat with Mar­garet Fer­rier MP and Coun­cil­lor Gor­don Clark

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Guests Rev Alan Rae­burn with Mar­garet Robin­son and Provost Eileen Lo­gan and two guests

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Hav­ing a chat Senior cit­i­zens en­joy a chat with coun­cil­lors Robert Brown and Ger­ard Killen

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Cash in hand Provost Eileen Lo­gan presents money to the old­est woman El­iz­a­beth Gal­ston, 95, and old­est man James McIn­tyre, 84

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