Honouring the fallen

Busby residents Rena Thomson, Elizabeth Fairlie and Isobel Brawley lay a wreath at the new plaque.
Busby residents Rena Thomson, Elizabeth Fairlie and Isobel Brawley lay a wreath at the new plaque.

A PLAQUE to honour the war dead of Busby has been officially unveiled in the village.

The cast bronze plaque, now in pride of place on the outside wall of Duff memorial halls, was revealed at a dedication service conducted by reverend Jerry Eve, of Busby parish church.

Poppy wreaths were laid by Friends of Duff memorial halls and the British legion, in honour of generations of soldiers from the area.

Reverend Eve commented on the day: “This dedication serves to remind the community of the terrible sacrifice made by so many families in the village”.

The project is the result of two years hard work by staff at Busby library and the Friends of Duff memorial halls, who raised the money to fund it after working on a 2010 shoe box appeal for parcels4troops.

June Lamont, supervisor at the library, explained: “Perhaps the most fitting thing about this fine plaque is that it stands as part of a much-loved community hall and library and provides a direct link between the lost generations of the past and the future generations to come.

“Without the collaborative effort, inspiration and hard work of these kind souls – Isobel Brawley, Elizabeth Fairley, Jean Hume, Lillias Mackay, May McQuade, Rena Thomson and Doreen Walport – who dedicated so much of themselves by holding two coffee mornings and raising money towards the plaque, this would still have been only a dream”.

She continued: “One of the ladies from the group, Mrs May McQuade, passed away in November and sadly wasn’t here to see the memorial plaque in place.

“The unveiling day would have been May’s 77th birthday, and we were delighted to have her two daughters present”.

June added further thanks to John McVicar, who researched the names of the people recorded to provide further information for two condolence books.

She also thanked East Renfrewshire council, piper Thomas Leitch and Anna McClure – who wrote up the two books, now on display within the library.

She added: “And finally, a special thanks must go to the community of Busby. A huge thank you for all the help and support you’ve shown us during the last two years while we have been trying to make this a reality”.