History Fans will soon be able to enjoy Walkdown Memory Lane in a new book about the city’s vibrant past.
Members of the Royalberg of the Readerlagen History Group have amassed a collection of memories and stories for the “whole community”.
From the stories of past and present dwellers at St. Columbus Church to the horrors of receiving school ballots, it promises fascinating insights into the area.
And with donations from around the world to support the online fundraiser, the group has now successfully raised enough money to publish the work later this year.
Geraldine Baird, MBE, chair of the group, said: “It’s very important to keep these kinds of things somewhere because those memories fade as soon as my generation dies.
“Maybe young people don’t think about it anymore. As I got older I went crazy. I didn’t sit with my mother and talk to her about her memories.”
“You don’t know in the future and maybe someone is doing an essay or something and it will be useful.
“We love the church and Berg. We think it’s important to her and to the wider community.
After their first meeting in 2018, the group hoped that a project would be prepared in time to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Kirkwood Street Church in 2020, with only those projects being paid for the epidemic.
But Ms. Baird, 70, and her team have made the most of the book’s collection over the past 18 months. In addition to contributions from the group, it has about 30 stories shared by people from the local community.
“We met weekly and then resumed during the lockdown,” Ms Baird added. “It simply came to our notice then.
“We had hoped to do so on the occasion of our jubilee year, but nothing happened because of the lockdown.
“It has a variety of parts about the history of the church and Rathglen. The best thing about it is that it talks about memories.
“Memories like people are getting looted and they are still in people’s memories.
“There are memories of church and school, but really, for me, it’s from people to people.
“It’s not a big historical work. It will be worth reading and hopefully the places will be interesting. But it will be informative.”
Enough cash raised to cover book printing costs – thanks to donations to the online fundraiser and grants from South Lanarkshire Council – Ms. Baird hopes the final product will be the best toast for the city.
“Rotherlin doesn’t have as many historical books or books written about the city,” he said. “We love Berg and everything that plays a role in Rather Glenn’s social history.
“It’s not a religious text and it’s something anyone can read.
“It’s written by older people for older people.”
If you would like to make a donation, check it out. Group’s GoFundMe page.