New Stan Laurel plaque
has been working diligently for several years to have a plaque erected
to celebrate Stan Laurel’s short stay in Scotland in the early 1900s
Historic Environment Scotland (HES), who have control over these matters, had issues to resolve surrounding the location of the site to be used. Strong evidence gave support that the plaque should be at 57 Buchanan Drive, Rutherglen - the house that the Jefferson family moved to from North Shields in the summer of 1905 and this became the focus of my attention.
My negotiations with HES were slow and often challenging, not least because the submission became the property of different Departments over the years, which then involved new sets of project leaders. Progress often stalled and at one time it looked like the project would fail completely.
With the arrival of a new project leader, Dr Alex Hale, Senior Archaeology Researcher, there was a new impetus. Talks between myself and Dr Hale became more meaningful and more fruitful. The project was being driven forward.
I was tasked with seeking approval from the owner of the property at 57 Buchanan Drive, Rutherglen for a plaque to be sited on his property. This approval he was more than happy to give and on the 15th January 2020 Historic Environment Scotland agreed that this location would be used, together with the plaque wording submitted on behalf of the Call of the Cuckoos Tent the previous year.
I have now been tasked with seeking the approval of South Lanarkshire Council and once all key elements are in place the plaque will, hopefully, be installed by late summer 2020.
The Call of the Cuckoos Tent thanks Historic Environment Scotland for giving their support and energy to this project which we hope will add to the celebration of Stan Laurel’s time in Bonnie Scotland.
The Call of the Cuckoos Tent of the Sons of the Desert were delighted by the news earlier this year that Historic Environment Scotland (HES) had given their approval for a commemorative plaque to Stan Laurel and are pleased to announce that all outstanding issues have been settled.
The design of the plaque by architect Bruce Chandler, and drawn by John Crae, both from HES, has been approved by Bill Crouch and Willie McIntyre on behalf of the Cuckoos.,
The bronze plaque will be mounted at 57 Buchanan Drive, Rutherglen, the house that the Jefferson family moved to from North Shields in the summer of 1905.
The plaque is now in its production stage, the architect’s plan having been sent to the foundry for manufacture. It will be installed later this year.
The wording on the plaque is:
Lived here 1905-1907
And comes complete with an elegant and appropriate Celtic knotwork border.
The Historic Environment Scotland Plaque Scheme was set up in 2012 to celebrate noteworthy individuals chosen by the public and commemorated by having a plaque mounted on a building which is closely associated with that individual.
The Call of the Cuckoos Tent thank Historic Environment Scotland for giving their support and energy to this project which we hope will add to the celebration of Stan Laurel’s short but pivotal time in Scotland.
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