Tree of peace all set for planting at touching public ceremony for Ukraine on Wednesday, April 20

By Clare GrantBy Clare Grant
By Clare Grant
Readers are being reminded of a special public event which will take place next Wednesday (April 20), in Cumbernauld Peace Garden as a tribute to the embattled people of Ukraine.

Here at 11am, a willow tree, the national tree of Ukraine, will be planted in a gesture of solidarity with those whose country is now a war zone The tribute at the green space near Greenfaulds Bowling Club has been organised by Cumbernauld Environmental Society’s John Kay.

John said: “Special guests include the Deputy Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire, Anne Walker and other local dignitaries, pupils from Woodlands Primary School and members of Cumbernauld Rotary Club. We’d like to invite all local residents to join together to show our Ukrainian friends that they will always have a special place in our thoughts and prayers.”

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Meanwhile, Jim Gillies from Abronhill who brought medical supplies to the victims of Chernobyl for decades says he is aghast to learn of what’s been happening on the route he took. Grandfather Jim said: ”I watched news footage of Borodyanka town, destroyed by Russia where hundreds are missing.

"I was in this little town many times. One day, I watched as a large live fish that a woman had just bought from the water tank of a fishmonger slipped out onto the road. He lifted it up, dipped it in water and put it back in her bag. A happy memory but it is impossible to imagine conditions now. Nebrat a small village one mile away where I used to stay on the way to Malin Hospital is now occupied.”

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