Big blow to box­ing club

Robert steps down as chair

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Thom­son Michael Tem­lett

Cle­land Com­mu­nity Coun­cil chair­man Robert Arnott has an­nounced he is step­ping down from the role.

Robert, along with his wife Jan­ice, ten­dered their res­ig­na­tions from the group at a meet­ing of the or­gan­i­sa­tion last week.

Speak­ing at the start of the meet­ing, Robert said: “We have not taken this de­ci­sion lightly, but we feel we have done what we can and it is time to pass the ba­ton to give some­one else the chance to give their fresh ideas for the vil­lage.

“We would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to wish the com­mu­nity coun­cil all the best for the future.”

Com­mu­nity coun­cil vicechair­man Stephen Roarty will take over the role.

The new vice-chair of the group will be Mark Clin­ton.

Robert had been the chair­man of the com­mu­nity coun­cil un­til last year when he stepped down to make way for Louise Roarty to be­come chair.

How­ever, he stepped back into the role fol­low­ing Louise’s elec­tion as a Mur­dos­toun coun­cil­lor back in May.

Robert and Jan­ice’s last act as com­mu­nity coun­cil mem­bers was help­ing out at the vil­lage’s suc­cess­ful fun day on Satur­day.

The clo­sure of the Cle­land Club was “heart­break­ing” for a local box­ing coach.

Ron­nie Black­burn heaped praise on club lease hold­ers Paul and Ger­ard Gal­lacher for their sup­port of Cle­land Min­ers ABC but ad­mit­ted he was gut­ted that the club would be without a venue for their house shows.

He said: “The most im­por­tant thing for me is that we thank Paul for all the help he’s gave us over the years be­cause he’s been very good to the club.

We would use the Cle­land Club two or three times a year for our home shows and we’d al­ways do well with tick­ets be­cause it was local.

“But as sad as it sounds we’ll now need to look else­where which is re­ally dis­ap­point­ing.

“I was hope­ful some­one could step in and take over but we can’t wait around for­ever. I have to think about what’s im­por­tant for the club and for the kids.

“As much as it breaks my heart we won’t be able to have the shows in Cle­land.

“We’re look­ing at cou­ple of op­tions but we don’t want to go too far away be­cause we want it to be some­thing for the local com­mu­nity.

“There’s less and less to do in Cle­land now and it’s a shame be­cause the Cle­land Club was al­ways pop­u­lar.”

The box­ers will con­tinue to ply their trade at the ev­er­grow­ing Cle­land Min­ers ABC on Omoa Road.

With the shows hosted by Cle­land too big for their gym, how­ever, Ron­nie ad­mits he was in a tough po­si­tion.

He said: “I was left with no op­tion and when you’re try­ing to get things or­gan­ised for the up­com­ing year, what can you do?

“It’s no dis­re­spect to any of the peo­ple who ran the Cle­land Club be­cause they helped us out greatly.

But we couldn’t wait around for some­thing to hap­pen.”

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