Fam­ily pay tribute to Mar­cus one year on

Fan is re­mem­bered

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The fam­ily of a Ruther­glen Glen­cairn fan who was killed in a tragic in­ci­dent have paid tribute to him as they ap­proach the first an­niver­sary of his death.

Mar­cus Whitelaw, 28, was struck by a train at Cam­bus­lang sta­tion on May 12 last year.

His loved ones wanted some­thing pos­i­tive to come from the tragedy and asked those who knew him to dig deep for the Sal­va­tion Army’s Wil­liam Hunter House Life­house, which helps break the cy­cle of home­less­ness and rein­te­grates peo­ple back into the com­mu­nity.

A char­ity foot­ball match was also held in Mar­cus’s mem­ory be­tween Blan­tyre Vics, Blan­tyre Celtic and Glen­cairn, which helped to con­trib­ute to the char­ity.

More than £1,200 was raised for the project and was used to fund ac­tiv­i­ties for res­i­dents at the Glas­gow cen­tre – some­thing that Mar­cus would have been proud of, say his par­ents Tommy and Mau­reen.

Neigh­bours of the foot­ball fan also planted a tree in his mem­ory.

Mem­bers of the Pri­ory Bridge Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion in Blan­tyre made the ges­ture with the sup­port of Mar­cus’s fam­ily.

When the as­so­ci­a­tion asked Mar­cus’s fa­ther Tommy where he would like the me­mo­rial tree planted, he asked that it be put just be­hind his house, where he could see it from his kitchen win­dow.

This week his fam­ily in a state­ment to the Re­former said: “We can’t be­lieve how quickly a year has passed and we miss him more and more each day.

“He will al­ways be re­mem­bered for his chat and his knowl­edge and his love of lo­cal foot­ball.

“He at­tended a lot of the lo­cal games and I am sure he is missed at them.

“We will al­ways re­mem­ber the gen­eros­ity from the peo­ple of Blan­tyre and be­yond who helped raise money for the Sal­va­tion Army in Mar­cus’s mem­ory.

“This is some­thing we will never for­get.”

Trib­utes Ruther­glen Glen­cairn fan Mar­cus White­ford died on May 12 last year

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