Silly situation is now a ‘disgrace’
Graffiti mess infuriates organisers
Rutherglen’s Landemer Day committee members have blasted vandals a ‘disgrace’ after they sprayed silly string and graffiti all over the town’s Main Street.
The event was yet again plagued by the coloured mess on Saturday as both youths and adults were seen spraying upon walls and landmarks during the town’s largest gala day.
Images have also appeared online of obscene graffiti sprayed on a bus shelter.
And South Lanarkshire Council has confirmed workers had to remove silly string and paint from a number of locations in Rutherglen.
The committee, who have worked tirelessly to abolish both products from Landemer Day, say they have gone down every avenue to ban it from the event.
Ian Duncan, secretary of the committee, said: “My wife and I took a walk along the Main Street and it was a disgrace.
“We walked down towards the west of the Main Street to take a banner down and it was if we had to dodge the spray.
“There were adults spraying it on each other and there were kids covered in it all. Okay the rain washed some of it off but it still made a mess.
“We headed down to the bottom of the Main Street which is where one of the shops sells it.
“They just have it all sitting on a pasting table.
“Both the silly string and the spray is from an aerosol can and once they have finished it, they just throw it on the ground.
“I didn’t see it but if they are spraying rude images on the bus shelters, I would say it’s getting worse.”
Alistair McKinnon, head of support services, community and enterprise resources at South Lanarkshire Council admitted the graffiti and silly string was becoming a yearly problem at the gala day.
He said: “Landemer Day is a fantastic community event which is enjoyed by so many but sadly marred by the actions of a few.
“Since last weekend’s event, grounds services teams have cleaned silly string and paint from a number of locations.
“Unfortunately this has resulted in the reallocation of resources that would normally be utilised elsewhere - a situation we have to deal with annually.”
The Landemer Day committee are refusing to stop their fight to ban the sprays.
Mr Duncan added: “We will not give up trying.
“If there was a way of banning both of them I would do it myself but I don’t have the power to do that.”
If they are spraying rude images on bus shelters it’s getting worse