An­gler’s bas­ket lands a great catch

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Niki Ten­nant

A keen an­gler’s most trea­sured pos­ses­sion, which was dis­cov­ered in the at­tic of a Ruther­glen house re­cently around 20 years af­ter his death, is to be re­turned to his wi­dow on her 100th birth­day.

An­gela Hamil­ton found the fish­er­man’s bas­ket, com­plete with reels, a jour­nal, and sketches of rods be­ing lov­ingly de­signed by its owner, when she bought and moved into the Un­der­wood Road prop­erty nearly three years ago.

De­cid­ing that the bas­ket and its con­tents be­longed to the house, An­gela left it and the hand writ­ten sto­ries of its out­ings where it was found.

With the prop­erty’s ren­o­va­tions com­plete, she put the up­per flat on the mar­ket last week with a pub­lic post on Face­book which she asked her friends to share.

The post sparked con­sid­er­able in­ter­est, no­tably from a Burn­side wo­man, who mes­saged An­gela to ask if the pic­ture she saw on her screen was of 17 Un­der­wood Road.

When An­gela con­firmed that was her ad­dress, the wo­man re­vealed the house held many happy mem­o­ries for her as it was the home of her child­hood friend’s grand­par­ents, who lived there for around 50 years.

An­gela learned that the cou­ple’s grand­daugh­ter, Jane Gray, had em­i­grated to New Zealand and that her grandma moved to Eng­land around 18 years ago, fol­low­ing the death of her hus­band John­nie Mac­Far­lane.

On learn­ing of the con­nec­tion, An­gela in­quired whether Jane’s grand­fa­ther had fished.

Jane her­self then con­firmed via mes­sen­ger that he had been a “mad keen fish­er­man” whose boat was stored in the garage roof space and the bas­ket had been his.

And when she told An­gela that her grandma is cel­e­brat­ing her 100th birth­day on Fri­day, she set about mak­ing ar­range­ments for the long lost bas­ket to be re­turned to John­nie’s wi­dow down south.

When Jane told her mum and grandma that the bas­ket had been re­cov­ered in­tact af­ter so many years, Jane said: “It would mean a great deal to us all if we could be re­u­nited with it.”

An­gela, whose sev­enyear-old son Daniel was so ex­cited about the story be­hind the mys­te­ri­ous old bas­ket that he tried to per­suade her to drive to Eng­land with it, ex­plained: “This has all come about by the power of so­cial me­dia.

“When the whole thing be­gan to un­fold, I had goose bumps at the thought that this could hap­pen.”

Although An­gela had of­fered to post the trea­sured bas­ket of mem­o­ries to Eng­land, Jane’s child­hood friend dropped by An­gela’s Un­der­wood home at the end of last week to col­lect it - and handed An­gela a beau­ti­ful bunch of flow­ers for her part in re­unit­ing the fam­ily with an ob­ject that played such a big part in happy fam­ily times.

Now Jane – who is about to re­turn to the UK for a wed­ding – will de­liver the bas­ket in per­son to a de­lighted Mrs Mac­Far­lane.

“If it had been left in the house, no-one would have known what the new own­ers would do with it and there’s a chance it could be lost,” said An­gela.

“I’d pre­fer it to go back to the lady, be­cause that’s where it be­longs. It is such a lovely story and I feel as if it was all meant to be.”

From her home in New Zealand, Jane con­grat­u­lated An­gela on the way she had beau­ti­fully trans­formed the prop­erty where her mum and aunt grew up, and where she spent many happy years with her grand­par­ents.

* Pacitti Jones’ Burn­side branch is mar­ket­ing 17 Un­der­wood Road.

Tak­ing the bait Daniel Hamil­ton and mum An­gela ex­am­ine the bas­ket’s con­tents

A reel find An­gela Hamil­ton and son Daniel with Johnny’s fish­ing kit

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