The time Vera paid a visit
Deareditor It’s no secret that this year Vera Lynn had her 100th birthday.
What is less well known is that, as a young girl, she came to Glasgow with a band, as their singer.
Her folks were not happy for her to go into lodgings with the musicians - perhaps they were thought to have a bit of a reputation.
One of her neighbours in London had a relative living here in Rutherglen, so Vera was sent to stay with Mrs Macdonald in Regent Street in the Burgh.
She didn’t even get a bed to herself, but had to share with one of the daughters of the house.
The story has always been passed down and is still part of the family annals.
E Savage via email Looking for Mary Would some kind reader of the Reformer know the whereabouts of a close friend of mine called Mary Lehmann?
We were work colleagues but unfortunately I lost contact with her.
If you know her, could you ask her to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Name and address supplied
Second indyref will be a “total distraction” A second referendum so soon after the last one is a total distraction for Scotland and, like the last one, will be hugely divisive.
The SNP case for independence is increasingly feeble – but one carried out in the shadow of Brexit would be a recipe for total chaos.
Nicola Sturgeon claims she speaks for Scotland on this – she doesn’t!
Scotland spoke for itself only three years ago when it gave a resounding “no” to breaking up the United Kingdom.
The SNP have spent the last three years claiming that everyone else except them had been going on about another independence referendum. Now it is crystal clear that the SNP are a one trick pony determined to pursue separation from the UK regardless of the cost.
I have spoken to many hundreds of people on the doorsteps around
Rutherglen and Cambuslang in recent weeks. The vast majority of them are heartily sick of the word “referendum”.
The SNP are using the European vote as an excuse for another referendum. I and many others strongly resent that – we voted to stay in Europe not to break up Britain. It is particularly ridiculous when the single biggest group of people in Scotland voting to leave the EU were SNP supporters.
Liberal Democrats are the only Party with a clear determination to stay in the UK and to stay in Europe. Councillor Robert Brown Rutherglen South
Labour has given up on South Lanarkshire Now that the full list of candidates for the local authority elections on May 4 has been published, it is obvious that Labour are not even trying to retain control of the administration of South Lanarkshire Council (SLC).
After Boundary Commission changes there will be 64 councillors in SLC.
To gain control would require 33 candidates to be elected however, Labour are only fielding 32 candidates. Even if they were all elected, which is not going to happen, they would not have overall control.
For instance they are fielding three candidates in Ward 20 - Larkhall and have no chance of three being elected there, plus many doubts in other wards.
The aim is clear – another Labour/ Tory coalition.
Given the damage that Tory austerity from Westminster has caused to the most vulnerable people in South Lanarkshire, we would doubt whether that is what voters want.
Unjust sanctions being used to stop benefit payments, the roll out of Universal Credit which has been a disaster in pilot areas resulting in people being without income for months, closure of job centres which are supposed to help the unemployed back into work, the earlier bedroom tax etc. – remember if you vote Labour this is what you will get; a Labour/Tory run council.
How about if you vote Tory? You cannot avoid media coverage of Brexit and Article 50 being triggered by the prime minister.
Despite a sizeable majority of people in Scotland voting “remain” in the European referendum last June we are now faced with negotiations not only to take us out of Europe but also out of the European single market.
Impartial economic experts have warned of the damage this will do to the economy with the result that there will be less money available for public services.
Do you really want Labour and Tory back in bed together in South Lanarkshire causing problems for our residents especially the most vulnerable who need the most support?
Alternatively you might consider voting SNP.
No-one in Scotland pays the disgraceful bedroom tax thanks to the Scottish Government providing extra funding to councils.
The new social security system being planned by the Scottish Government with the limited powers devolved to Scotland will have an employability scheme which is supportive and voluntary.
There will certainly be no sanctions used.
Thirty-seven SNP candidates are standing in South Lanarkshire, enough to take control of the administration of the council.
These candidates are a mix of experienced sitting councillors and vibrant, enthusiastic new candidates all of whom passed an extremely rigorous assessment to find those who can best support their constituents when they have problems.
An SNP administration will involve communities in decision making, provide funding at local level for matters important in each individual ward and oppose Westminster Tory austerity in every possible way. Sheena Wardhaugh Depute leader of SNP group
Packed like sardines on Rutherglen trains I had to laugh when I read ScotRail’s 10 busiest train services didn’t seem to include trains going through Rutherglen in the mornings.
Perhaps they think as it is only a short journey we can put up with being packed into their carriages like sardines.
I wonder how much longer we would be forced to put up with it if the transport minster or ScotRail bosses were forced to put up with the same treatment each morning.
I suspect not that long at all. Anne Mclaughlin Address supplied