It’s just getting silly now
Spray string plea to shopkeepers falls on deaf ears
Organisers of Rutherglen’s biggest gala day have vowed to keep on trying to persuade shops to stop selling silly string.
Landemer Day committee members have had a constant battle with traders who continue to stock the cans of streamed liquid which litters the Main Street each summer.
And this year was no different in the build up to the event set to take place on Saturday, June 3.
Organisers contacted shops in the town to reach an agreement in a bid to reduce the amount of mess left by youths.
But their pleas fell on deaf ears and they now face the prospect of having to clean the coloured spray off Rutherglen Main Street for another year.
Ian Duncan, secretary of the Landemer Committee, admitted organisers contacted stores and would not give up in their fight to help reduce mess.
He said: “We’ve tried for years and years to get it stopped.
“It’s not just Rutherglen, it’s Cambuslang Summerfest as well.
“Unfortunately young people are getting hold of it and spraying it all over the Main Street.
“We’ve tried but we’re not giving up. We went to Inspector Jim Gillespie at the police station but he told us they could do nothing because there wasn’t any crime involved unless it is used as a weapon.”
Traders are continuing to stock the items despite repeated pleas from both the Landemer and Summerfest committees not to sell them on the day.
As the string and dye wash off in the rain, using it on the likes of bins and bus shelters is not a criminal offence.
However, South Lanarkshire Council did need to deploy workers to clear up Rutherglen Main Street after Landemer Day last year.
The Reformer tried to contact one store, believed to be the worst offender for stocking the string, but they failed to comment.
Stringling along South Lanarkshire Council had to deploy staff to clean up last year’s mess on Main Street