Gren­fell tragedy has left na­tion stunned

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A week ago the vast ma­jor­ity of the coun­try would never have heard of Gren­fell Tower.

How we all wish that was still the sit­u­a­tion. Now, the words ‘Gren­fell Tower’ will evoke im­ages of a tragedy so ut­terly dev­as­tat­ing it hardly seems real.

That this could hap­pen in the UK is a ter­ri­fy­ing prospect and ev­ery­thing must be done to un­cover ex­actly what hap­pened.

In the mean­time our thoughts go out to all those af­fected.

While the in­ci­dent will have shocked ev­ery­one, it is likely to have had greater res­o­nance with those who live in high­rise flats.

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang has sev­eral, and South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has al­ready an­nounced an ur­gent re­view of cladding to see if there is any threat.

West Whit­law­burn Hous­ing Co-op moved even quicker, con­duct­ing a re­view within hours of the tragedy.

Thank­fully, early in­di­ca­tions are that our build­ings are as safe as they could be, but it is only right that ques­tions are asked and the au­thor­i­ties re­spond to re­as­sure res­i­dents.

You can read more on page eight of this week’s Re­former.

With so much bad news at the mo­ment it was great to see the sun shine for the Sum­mer­fest event in Cam­bus­lang on Satur­day. Do not miss our eight-page spe­cial, start­ing on page 35.

Fi­nally, a word for broth­ers Sa­muel and Daniel John­ston. These two Calder­wood pupils, aged just six and five, will host a char­ity foot­ball game this Satur­day.

Both prove an in­spi­ra­tion to us all with their gen­er­ous spirit and car­ing na­ture. The Re­former is de­lighted to carry their story on page three of this week’s pa­per.

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