Pen­sion­ers en­joy New Year lunch

Rutherglen Reformer - - Festive Fun At Spittal Primary -

NIKI TEN­NANT

South La­nark­shire Provost Ian McAl­lan joined pen­sion­ers this week to mark the age-old tra­di­tion of the Ruther­glen Mor­ti­fied Money Fund New Year lunch.

The Ruther­glen Mor­ti­fied Money Fund is a tra­di­tion so an­cient that its ori­gins have been lost with the pas­sage of time.

As Provost McAl­lan ex­plained to those who gath­ered for the an­nual fund lunch at Ruther­glen Town Hall, it ap­pears to be based on “the very no­ble and com­mu­nity-led de­sire to help those least for­tu­nate.”

He ex­plained: “Over the years, the def­i­ni­tion of those peo­ple changed and it was agreed that, to stay true to the spirit of the fund, the town’s old­est cit­i­zens were to be its re­cip­i­ents, and since South La­nark­shire came into be­ing in 1996, that has con­tin­ued to take the form of a meal and fi­nan­cial gift.”

In keep­ing with tra­di­tion, the old­est man and woman - Ron­ald Bal­lan­tyne, 84, and 95-year-old Alice Knape - were hon­oured at Mon­day’s lunch.

Con­grat­u­lat­ing Ron­ald and Alice, Provost McAl­lan con­tin­ued: “The con­tin­u­a­tion of such an age-old tra­di­tion, even in these mod­ern and fast-mov­ing times, is a sym­bol of the high re­gard in which our se­nior cit­i­zens, are held. We all ap­pre­ci­ate that we have much to learn from them and in­deed to thank them for, and it is fit­ting that such an an­cient and re­spect­ful rit­ual has started our New Year in Ruther­glen.”

Provost McAl­lan thanked the Fund’s trustees, Mar­garet Robin­son, Jean Hannah and Ali­son Ben­net, whose hard work helped pull the event to­gether.

He also thanked Katy Mor­ri­son of Ruther­glen Old Par­ish Church and South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s Karen McLeod and Pauline MacRae who pro­vided be­hind-the-scenes sup­port to trustees.

Proud tra­di­tion The Fund’s or­gan­is­ers and guests

Meet and greet Coun­cil­lor Ja­nine Ca­likes and Clare Haughey MSP chat to din­ers

Ta­ble talk Coun­cil­lor Mar­garet Cowie min­gles with guests

Three cheers Guests look for­ward to a slap-up lunch

Young at heart Provost Ian McAl­lan honours old­est guests Alice Knape, 96, and Ron­ald Bal­lan­tyne, 84

Chin wag Coun­cil­lor Robert Brown chats to din­ers

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