Charity car wash thanks

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n FIREFIGHTERS at Clarkston community fire station would like to thank residents for their support at a charity car wash last weekend.

The event, in aid of the Firefighters Charity, raised £640 on Saturday.

Station commander Tommy Keay told The Extra: “A special thanks is also given to members of East Renfrewshire Disability Action (ERDA) for collecting donations on the day”.

The station is also pleased to announce an open day on September 1 this year, to which all members of the community are invited.

n SOUTHSIDERS are asked to keep their eyes open if they go down to the woods.

The Woodland Trust Scotland is calling for the public to record sightings of bluebells – a sign of spring – as the native flowers are being spotted even earlier each year. The conservation group is investigating whether the mild winter, cold spell in February and warm March could be affecting flowering dates.

To find your nearest bluebell wood or to mark up findings, go to