Towns re­mem­ber fallen heroes

Ser­vices take place in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang

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Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang was united over the week­end to re­mem­ber those who had been killed de­fend­ing their coun­try.

Re­mem­brance Day events took place in both towns to mark 99 years since the end of World War One.

And at 11am on Satur­day, the towns fell silently as the na­tion marked the mo­ment the Armistice came into af­fect.

Re­mem­brance events started on Fri­day, at the Miner’s Wheel on Cam­bus­lang’s Hamil­ton Road.

Or­gan­ised by the Cam­bus­lang Re­mem­brance Gar­den Group, dig­ni­taries were joined by school­child­ren in what was amov­ing cer­e­mony, taken by Rev­erend Dr Les­lie Mil­ton.

Wreaths were laid and crosses planted as young­sters gave thanks to those of past gen­er­a­tions who gave their lives for the free­doms they en­joy today.

On Sun­day, ma­jor cer­e­monies were held at Ruther­glen ceno­taph and the war me­mo­rial in Cam­bus­lang Pub­lic

Park. In Ruther­glen, it was an emo­tional oc­ca­sion for Rev­erend Calum MacLeod, of the Old Par­ish Church.

He took the ser­vice for the first time be­fore tak­ing a break to un­dergo treat­ment for can­cer.

Com­mu­nity groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions turned out for a pa­rade through the town be­fore a wreath-lay­ing cer­e­mony, with the Sal­va­tion Army band and the po­lice and fire ser­vice. Ger­ard Killen MP and Clare Haughey MSP at­tended along with other elected mem­bers.

Fa­ther Hen­nessy, of St Colum­bkille’s Church, also at­tended to sup­port Rev MacLeod and read the Tryst.

Rev MacLeod said: “There was great rep­re­sen­ta­tion from the com­mu­nity and very good at­ten­dance in church which is an in­di­ca­tion of how im­por­tant this is too peo­ple.”

In Cam­bus­lang, Rev Dr Les­lie Mil­ton took the ser­vice at the war me­mo­rial.

Dozens of lo­cals had turned out to watch the wreath-lay­ing cer­e­mony, which in­cluded or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the BB, Scouts and Girl Guides.

Among those there were veter­ans Hamish Al­lan, Andy McGowan and Tam Moore. Fa­ther Paul Mor­ton laid a wreath, as did elected mem­bers.

For­mer provost Rus­sell Clearie said: “I was re­ally pleased with the turnout, es­pe­cially from the young, uni­formed or­gan­i­sa­tions. The turnout from the gen­eral pub­lic was up on pre­vi­ous years.”

Later that day mem­bers of the 217th Gil­bert­field BB com­pany held a short cer­e­mony in West­burn Ceme­tery where there are Com­mon­wealth War graves.

A ser­vice was also held at the com­mem­o­ra­tive cairn in Light­burn which marks the road many sol­diers walked down leav­ing for Flan­ders.

I was re­ally pleased with the turnout, es­pe­cially from the young, uni­formed or­gan­i­sa­tions Rus­sell Clearie


Re­spect Vet­eran Hamish Al­lan lays a wreath with his wife, El­iz­a­beth

A man has de­nied mak­ing racial remarks to an­other and as­sault­ing him on Cam­bus­lang Main Street.

Charles McNi­col, 26, is al­leged to have punched his vic­tim on the head, pulled him to the ground and kicked him on the head and body on Oc­to­ber 23, 2016.

The Fir Place res­i­dent was fur­ther charged with ut­ter­ing racial remarks and punch­ing the man on the head re­peat­edly.

McNi­col, who de­nies all charges against him, in­clud­ing driv­ing a car with­out a li­cence, cor­rect in­sur­ance and the owner’s con­sent, is due to ap­pear for trial at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court on Jan­uary 8, 2018.

Gen­er­a­tionsPupils from eight schools joined oth­ers at the Miner’s Wheel


CrowdDozens of lo­cals turned out to pay their re­spects 161117re­mem­br_06 FlagsUni­formed or­gan­i­sa­tions were in at­ten­dance on Sun­day 161117re­mem­br_04 Silent The si­lence at the Miner’s Wheel was im­pec­ca­bly ob­served 101117min­ers_05 Re­flec­tion The event was a som­bre oc­ca­sion


To­gether Veter­ans Andy McGowan, Hamish Al­lan and Tam Moore


Pa­rade A ser­vice was held at the war me­mo­rial in Cam­bus­lang Pub­lic Park


Ser­vice Rev Dr Les­lie Mil­ton led the ser­vice in Cam­bus­lang Park


United Politi­cians pay their re­spects


Re­mem­branceAnne Cle­ments and Rus­sell Clearie


Trib­ute Fa­ther Paul Mor­ton

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