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War Memorial team named champion of champions

Published Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Uddingston War Memorial grounds team named champion of champions in national award

The Council team which maintains Uddingston War Memorial has been named ‘Champion of Champions’ in a national competition.

Legion Scotland’s ‘Best Kept War Memorial’ has for the second year in a row been awarded to South Lanarkshire Grounds Services with the team given a 100% rating for its care of the Uddingston site and gardens commemorating local men lost in both world wars.

The area was also previously commended in 2011 and 2014.

Horticulturist Bill Tate, who has judged the highly-prized category for Legion Scotland for more than three decades, described the war memorial as ‘perfect’, confessing he thought the lush, green grass was artificial.

The team – comprising Jim Rundell, John Devine, David Symons, Ross Fulston, Dean Barghati, Grant Hunter, Eric McKenzie, James Meechan, Derek Kelly an Allan Barclay – was this week presented with their awards by South Lanarkshire Provost Ian McAllan and Ian Forysth, local representative of Legion Scotland.

Said Provost McAllan: “This is a team of local guys with a real interest and pride in their area and who excel at going that extra mile. Their collective skills, commitment and eye for detail impressed Legion Scotland and in particular Bill Tate so much that he was convinced the fabulously kept grass was synthetic. You can be sure he was looking for the best colour, layout, planting, presentation and cleanliness and in Uddingston he found it all and more.

“There is particular resonance too, as we mark the centenary of the Armistice, that the work being done to commemorate those who fought is still so important to us all. Uddingston War Memorial is surely the jewel in the crown of what is clearly an organised, devoted and resourceful approach and I am delighted that this team is being honoured for its efforts.”